Cyber attacks and hacking in this war have only just begun…
Anonymous’ has allegedly taken down several major mainstream media websites in Russia, and replaced the sites’ main pages with the message “stop the war.” The ‘Anonymous’ hacker collective claims to be responsible.
The websites of several Russian and Belarusian media outlets were targeted on Monday by hackers, with the main pages being replaced by the message “stop the war”. According to a report by RT, the websites of TASS, Kommersant, RBK, Izvestia, Fontanka, as well as some outlets in Belarus, were targeted and disabled.
It follows the declaration of ‘cyber war’ against Russia made by ‘Anonymous’ on February 25, the day after President Vladimir Putin launched a military offensive in Ukraine.
The message urges “dear citizens” to “stop this madness,” and not to send their “sons and husbands to certain death.” The message, supposedly from journalists, says Putin “makes us lie and puts us in danger.”
“We were isolated from the whole world, they stopped buying oil and gas. In a few years, we will live like in North Korea. Why do we need that? To put Putin in the textbooks? This is not our war, let’s stop it!” it reads.
The United States and European Union has sanctioned Russia, and the ruling classes are warning of more intense war actions, like cyber attacks. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, has vowed to retaliate. So everyone should expect to feel the consequences now of allowing others to rule over them and speak for them. Cyber attacks and hacking in this war, have only just begun.