The hacker collective Anonymous claims to have seized around 900,000 emails from deep within the Russian government, in what is perhaps the biggest cyber attack on the Kremlin during Russia’s Ukraine offensive yet.
The leaked emails have allegedly been taken from Russia’s biggest state media network which has been repeatedly accused of spreading propaganda during the conflict.
Anonymous has made public hundreds of thousands of emails from the All- Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (VGTRK), which operates five TV stations in Russia.
Emma Best, Co-founder DDoSecrets, tweeted: “#DDoSecrets has received the VGTRK (All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company) data and will release it in the near future.
“Transparency is coming to Russia, one leak at a time.”
One of the channels in question is said to reach almost 100% of the Russian population. The network has been repeatedly accused of spreading false information about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The leak marks an intensification of Anonymous’ cyber war on Putin.
Last month, Anonymous hacked the Russian company that took over the nuclear power plant Chernobyl, defacing its website. It also hacked a Russian TV channel and broadcasted censored footage from Ukraine to millions of Russians.
In February, Anonymous declared that the collective is “officially in cyber war against the Russian government”. At the time, it took down the website of Russia Today.
They also targeted the websites of the Russian government, the Kremlin, and the Russian defence ministry.
Anonymous used a sophisticated cyber attack known as ‘distributed denial-of-service’ (DDoS). This involves flooding a site with hundreds of computer systems so that the website is overwhelmed and nobody else can access it.
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