Synopsis. 1. Anonymous groups have declared cyberwar against Russia. 2. They have taken down RT, the Duma, and other government websites. 3. They have done this in support of Ukraine. 4. They informed this with a series of tweets.
A group of hackers, named Anonymous has declared a full-scale cyberwar against Russia. They did this in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
They have taken down several Russian sites. Russian state-controlled international television network, RT, websites of the Russian government, the Kremlin, the Duma and the Ministry of Defence all have accepted the news of the cyber attack. Many websites had slowed down and others were taken offline due to the attack.
A tweet from the Anonymous group confirmed that that attack is from their front. They have declared a cyberwar against the Russian government. “The Anonymous collective is officially in cyberwar against the Russian government”, they tweeted.
A day before this attack Ukrainian government major websites were under attack. Dangerous wiper malware was found in Ukraine that can erase all the data from the system that it has infected. Data once deleted could not be recovered due to that malware. Ukraine has alleged Russia of the cyberattack but latter refused to accept the allegation.
Anonymous is a group of decentralised International hackers. They are known for cyberattacks on several governments, government institutions and government agencies, corporations and the Church of Scientology. They have attacked government agencies of several countries including the United States, Israel, Uganda, Turkey and others. They have also targeted many major corporations including PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony. The group was formed in 2003. They have made it times 100 most influential people in the world.
They normally use Distributed Denial of Services ( DDoS ) attack, in this type of attack hackers swamp a website’s server with data that causes it to crash, making the website inaccessible. They also use defacement attacks in which the target web site’s pages are replaced with the hacker’s messages and graphics.
They can potentially leak many data of the Russian military and create chaos on the Russian side. This cyber-attack is lauded by many people on tweeter.