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Fresh Cyber Attack On Russian Websites, Hacker’s Group Anonymous Claims Offense



Fresh Cyber Attack On Russian Websites, Hacker’s Group Anonymous Claims Offense

In a fresh cyber offensive on Russia, some websites belonging to the government, a news outlet and two major telecom service providers have been hacked, according to media reports.

Anonymous, a decentralized hacking collective, has claimed responsibility for the cyber attack on Russia in the wake of its invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

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In a series of posts on Twitter over the weekend, Anonymous announced about successfully hacking several Russian websites, including news outlet Pravdapskov, the Ministry of Construction of Russia and MegaFon — the second-largest mobile phone operator and third-largest telecom operator in the country, the report said.

The group also hacked the Central Bank of the Russian Federation (CBR) on Sunday whose main responsibility is to ensure the stability of the Russian ruble. It also leaked some confidential data of the bank, according to the news report.
The websites were inaccessible even on Tuesday.

Anonymous also claimed of launching a cyber attack on the Vyberi Radio group, which operates 100 radio stations across 18 Russian cities and published more than 1.5 million emails taken from the radio group on DDoSecrets (Distributed Denial of Secrets), a not-for-profit whistleblower site.

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The hackers had first declared that they would launch an offensive against Russia after it invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

Last month, Anonymous had targeted Rosatom, Russia’s state-run nuclear energy behemoth in a major cyber offense that gave it access to more than 800,000 documents with crucial information about the company and its clients.

Before that, Russia came under Anonymous’ attack in March when it had breached Rosatom and leaked 15.3 GB of data from the company, according to the report.

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In February, Anonymous also hacked Tetraedr, a Belarus-based weapons manufacturer in an attack, giving it access to over 200 GB of emails, PDF schematics for weapons systems, and brochures for armored vehicles, which were later published on DDoSecrets.

Russia is Belarus’ largest economic partner. Belarus has also allied itself with Russia amid the war in Ukraine, according to the report.

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