Will Putin be able to handle this?
An international anonymous hacking collective is known to have conducted cyberattacks against Putin and Russia after the launch of the invasion of Ukraine. The “YourAnonNews” Twitter account, which has around 6.5 million followers declared on Thursday that they are “currently involved in operations.” They further added, “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.”
The decentralized hacking collective further said “We, as a collective, want only peace in the world. We want a future for all of humanity. So, while people around the globe smash your internet providers to bits, understand that it’s entirely directed at the actions of the Russian government and Putin.”
According to a Couronnes Russian government-funded media outlet, the U.S. State Department described the attempt by the hacking collective as being “targeted in what appears to be a widespread denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.” A DDoS attack is known as an attack that attempts to flood a website with traffic resulting in it going offline.
The websites for the Kremlin and State Duma lower house of parliament were made unavailable on Thursday because of the DDoS attacks.
The Ukraine Defense Ministry has also requested assistance from the country’s hackers underground to pump up their cybersecurity defenses.
Yegor Aushev, the co-founder of a cybersecurity company in Kyiv, has made a statement that offensive volunteers would take on digital espionage against Russia, and others will defend the country’s infrastructure.
Ukrainian government websites were also hit with DDoS attacks after the invasion of Russia in Ukraine. The U.S. government also said that they are preparing for potential cyberattacks on the financial institutions in the country.