Anonymous hackers vow to speed up cyber warfare and ‘cripple’ Putin’s regime ‘by any means necessary’
Hackers who have collectively hit Russian cyber targets and created tools for non-hackers to fight disinformation en masse today announced in a joint statement that they are determined to “hit them with everything we have”.
“When Russia invaded Ukraine, we declared a cyber war against the Russian government and against Vladimir Putin himself. It did indeed have some effect on them, but now we will have to prepare for the final push,” said an #OpRussia open letter attributed to Anonymous, GhostSec, SHDWSec and Squad303 posted online: “He’s not giving up on taking over Ukraine. We need to hit them so hard it’s going to cripple their whole system.”
“Putin cannot end the war in Ukraine until he annexes it or is forced to. And NATO and the EU will not be the ones to stop him. We have seen this before. So now we must act. We must stop this war by any means necessary.
Noting how TIME The magazine named Anonymous one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2012, the statement stressing that “we are bigger and stronger than ever”.
“We have to show our real power to the Russian government and its president Vladimir Putin. We have to unite, otherwise one day it might be too late to do so. Putin must be stopped or we will suffer the consequences,” the groups continued. “Anons from all over the world, hackers, activists – journalists, all over the world must unite. All of you ordinary people must also unite.
This spirit has been displayed in the collective-led information warfare powered by dozens of digital warriors, with results that just keep adding up.
Anonymous programmers Squad303 have created a tool that allows non-hackers to make a positive contribution to “the largest and most successful cyber operation in the history of the world”. Within 48 hours of the release of the 1920.in tool, the group reported on Twitter that “the people of the free world have sent Russians 2 million text messages” warning that the Russian people will suffer due to the response of nations. to Vladimir Putin’s decision. aggression and that they need to know the truth about his unprovoked war. A week after its launch, this volume had increased to 7 million.
The team quickly worked on adding the ability to email random Russian accounts and Russian users via WhatsApp. Squad303 today announced that 20,000,000 text messages, emails and WhatsApp messages have been sent to Russians by affected people around the world using their tool, with “120,000,000 to send…”. The group also hinted Sunday at a future tool that would allow people to call Russians.
Squad303 last week reported intense efforts to hack its servers from Russia, China and Indonesia. Today the band tweeted that they had “direct proof that YOU are doing a great job!
“The Kremlin is afraid of YOU! The Russian government has just implemented full-text censorship of the predefined messages you have sent from 1920.in,” Squad303 said. “But no worries! We have uploaded new ones! Do not stop !
Users of the text messaging tool have reported various responses to their outreach on Twitter, ranging from rude retorts to fruitful conversations with Russians, and even questions from Russians about how they can access real news with the censorship and blockades of the Putin regime. Those sending messages also shared comments with each other on social media on issues such as what kinds of wording might have a better impact in conveying the truth about Putin’s invasion and how to address Russians’ concerns.
This effort was multiplied by another tool launched to send mass emails to Russians, mail2ru.org, which sends personal emails from volunteers around the world to up to 150 recipients at a time. “Start an email conversation about Ukraine with Russians potentially under an information blockade,” a prominent anonymous Twitter account noted. “Maybe make a new friend.” In a few days, more than 22 million e-mails were thus sent to the Russians.
Today, Russian government sites were still under cyberattack by the hacking collective, along with the FSB, the Russian Federation Government Analysis Center and the Federation Ministry of Sports from Russia among the sites that fell at some point and were claimed as anonymous targets.
Anonymous claimed responsibility for the hacking of Rosneft, Russia’s largest, government-controlled oil producer. Anonymous Germany announced on Friday on the AnonLeaks site that it had dived “very deep” into Rosneft Deutschland’s systems – “so deep, in fact, that they easily found backups of employee and executive laptops” – and having hacked nearly 20 terabytes of data. “Included are complete hard drive images of laptops and employee computers, hard drive images of a mail server (34 GB), numerous archive files (ZIP, TAR.GZ and 7Z), CSV, XLSX, DOC and of course software packages, manuals, software license keys, and – because it’s all Microsoft Windows – thousands of DLLs,” Anonymous said.
Hackers “didn’t want to mess with Russian energy companies directly” because some states involved in sanctions against Russia have energy supplies tied to Russia and “you don’t want to break plates or turn on and off pipelines or whatever. thing like that”, even by accident, but Rosneft Deutschland was considered a fair target because the company “is mainly in distribution, buying and selling, delivery to refineries”, so “no critical infrastructure to break accidentally”.
Anonymous hacktivists also continued to target Russian military communications, including jamming radio frequencies belonging to the country’s armed forces and intercepting calls.
Telephone call intercepted between Russian soldiers.
— Anonymous Ops (@AnonOpsSE) March 15, 2022
Last week, an anonymous group said it had taken over more than 400 Russian camera feeds, including government facilities, offices, schools and businesses, and posted them on a website with a message covering the feed that includes Ukraine’s latest civilian death toll and begins with, “Putin is killing children.” Hackers have now claimed access to more than 1,400 cameras in Russia and Belarus, and published network addresses online.
Hacking collective Anonymous launched the #OpRussia cyberoffensive two and a half weeks ago in response to the invasion of Ukraine, resulting in hacks and takedowns of Russian government websites as well as leaks of seized data. The hackers used their access to broadcast the truth about Putin’s war to citizens and call on Russians to oppose the attack on their neighbor.
A chart tweeted by an anonymous account estimated that as of March 3, about a third of leading hacker groups were involved in “the greatest cyber war of all time”, with only 12 of the 49 groups siding with the side of Russia, three whose support was unknown, and the rest supporting Ukraine.
More than 2,500 websites linked to the Russian and Belarusian governments as well as state-run media, banks, hospitals, airports and businesses were hacked in the first week after the collective Anonymous said they had launched cyber operations, a prominent anonymous account reported. Anti-war hackers have also gone after pro-Russian hackers, scanning and leaking thousands of internal chats from the Conti ransomware group.
“Remember, the further down the rabbit hole you go, the harder it will be to get out,” said an #OpRussia open letter attributed to Anonymous, GhostSec, SHDWSec and Squad303 posted online today alongside group press. Release. “Russian government, take your responsibilities. Overthrow the old man, free your country from the burden. Your beloved Mother Russia deserves her glory.
“We see through the propaganda you are spreading in the Russian media and pressuring the political establishment. We will NOT allow you to sustain these attacks on a sovereign country based on a campaign of lies. Your games of deception will now be met with the wrath of elite cyber squads around the world.