When Russian forces began pounding Ukraine by air, land and sea in its unjustified invasion of the neighboring country, the international hacking collective known as Anonymous took to social media to effectively declare war on Moscow.
“[Anonymous] is currently involved in operations against the Russian Federation. Our operations are targeting the Russian government. There is an inevitability that the private sector will most likely be affected too,” read a tweet from the group. “While this account cannot claim to speak for the whole of the Anonymous collective, we can in fact report the truths of Anonymous’ collective actions against the Russian Federation. We want the Russian people to understand that we know it’s hard for them to speak out against their dictator for fear of reprisals.”
A series of tweets ended with this ominous warning, “Expect us.”
On Sunday, the group tweeted that it had “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.”
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] pic.twitter.com/hzqcXT1xRU
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) March 6, 2022
Footage of Ukrainian cities under attack from Russian forces was aired — perhaps the first time many Russians have seen such footage.
The translation of the tweet below reads: “There are reports of hacking of Wink and IVI video platforms in Russia, Nexta Live writes. It seems that instead of the series “Officers” on the “First” hackers put videos of “Nastoyaschee Vremya” and “Dozhd” on Russian services about the Russian bombing in Ukraine.”
Паведамляюць пра ўзлом відэаплатформ Wink і IVI у Расеі, піша Nexta Live. Выглядае, што на гэтых сэрвісах замест серыялу «Афіцэры» на «Первом» хакеры ставяць ролікі тэлеканалаў «Настоящее Время» і «Дождь» пра расейкія бамбардаваньні ва Ўкраіне pic.twitter.com/xFbDFksrzp
— Радыё Свабода (@svaboda) March 6, 2022
According to various reports, Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping the Russian population in the dark about events in Ukraine, convincing the nation the neighboring country is overrun by Nazis and that Ukrainian authorities are waging war with their own population, further claiming that Russian troops are conducting a “special military operation” that amounts to a humanitarian mission of liberation.
Putin has also shut down social media by blocking the major platforms, and has cut access to foreign news organizations’ websites, including the BBC, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Deutsche Welle and other media outlets.
The Kyiv Independent reported that Anonymous interrupted Russian state TV programs with footage of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and an anti-war message.
⚡️Hacking group Anonymous interrupts Russian state TV programs with footage of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine and an anti-war message.
It claims to have accessed TV channels “Russia 24”, “Channel 1”, “Moscow 24”, & streaming services Wink and Ivi.
— The Kyiv Independent (@KyivIndependent) March 7, 2022
Here’s more of the footage reportedly shown in Russia:
— PMESII (@pmesii_insider) February 26, 2022
Someone hacked into Russian state TV channels. They feature Ukrainian music and national symbols. 🇺🇦
— BECZKA ✌️ (@beczka_tv) February 26, 2022
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