Following its declaration of “cyber war against the Russian government” last week, the hacker group Anonymous, which is known for wearing Guy Fawkes masks, has said that it is now targeting Russian television and streaming sites.
“The hacking collective Anonymous hacked into the Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi (like Netflix) and live TV channels Russia 24, Channel One, Moscow 24 to broadcast war footage from Ukraine [today],” an account associated with the group tweeted over the weekend.
The tweet was posted with footage of what looks to be Ukrainian combat footage interrupting Russian news programs, which was posted beside it. Afterwards, a message proclaims that “ordinary Russians are against the war,” and calls for the cessation of Russia’s violent invasion of the Ukrainian territory.
Do you think it’s all simply meaningless “hacktivisim” or do you think it’s a meaningful attempt to stand up to Russian aggression?
Due to the hack, the organization received a significant amount of attention, which compelled them to defend their operations.
“We are involved in the biggest Anonymous op ever seen,” the group tweeted late Sunday. “That being said, we are worried that some governments will indeed see us as a threat and create some scenario to make us look bad (false flag).”
“We only want peace, not war,” the group continues. “We’ve been in the limelight before. We’ve made the news plenty of times, but never anything like what we are experiencing right now.”
A number of other major targets, such as the website of Russia’s Space Research Institute, are also claimed to have been hacked by the organization. It’s a significant show of force — and a hint that the world is well on its way to making the shift from on-the-ground demonstrating to cyberactivism.
“We have raised our fists in the air to stand against aggressor’s time and time again,” the group tweeted. “We would never choose to hurt anyone physically. Understand this and know this if any government says otherwise.”
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