Anonymous News: Google blocks map reviews in Russia as hackers claim space agency breach

White House says Russian military intelligence behind cyberattacks on Ukraine

As Ukrainian forces battle the invading Russian army, hackers around the world are disrupting Russia’s digital infrastructure.

Hacking groups such as Anonymous and the Cyber ​​Partisans have claimed responsibility for cyberattacks on Russian banks, state broadcaster RT and a Belarusian rail network that was allegedly used to move troops from Russia to Ukraine.

Hands-on peace talks are ongoing between the two nations, but it’s unclear how long the bloodshed will last. Currently, these cyber groups have said they support Ukraine against Russia’s powerful online forces, causing disruption to stop the country’s own attacks on Ukraine and the West.

“DDoS alone won’t bring down a regime,” an anonymous German dissident group said in a blog post, but “Putin, who uses hacker squads and troll armies against Western democracies, takes a sip of his own bitter medicine”.

The intention is to “keep the Russian computing apparatus busy and provide Putin’s hacker troops…defensive work so they can’t do anything in Ukraine or the West.” Getting information is also a big deal and you just don’t see much of what activists are doing right now.

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Anonymous claims 2,500 hacks

Hacking collective Anonymous has now claimed responsibility for 2,500 attacks on “the Russian and Belarusian government, state media, banks, hospitals, airports”. [and] companies.

This number has increased by 1,000 since the start of this week – however, since anyone can be associated with Anonymous, this figure is difficult to verify.

Adam SmithMarch 4, 2022 11:52 am

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Russia will stay on the internet as authorities refuse Ukraine’s request to disconnect the country

On Monday, Andrii Nabok and Deputy Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, sent by e-mail the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) and Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Center (RIPE NCC) to “introduce strict sanctions against the Russian Federation in the field of DNS regulation”.

Their request, however, was rejected. “As you know, the Internet is a decentralized system. No actor has the ability to control or shut it down,” ICANN chief Göran Marby wrote in his response.

“Our mission does not extend to taking punitive action, issuing sanctions, or restricting access to segments of the Internet, regardless of provocation,” he added. “Essentially, ICANN was designed to keep the Internet working, not for its coordinating role to be used to keep it from working.”

Adam SmithMarch 4, 2022 10:49 am

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Russia could refuse to launch British satellites, space agency chief suggests

Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, is contracted to carry out a launch on behalf of OneWeb, the UK government-owned satellite company. It is scheduled to take place Friday at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

But if OneWeb is unable to guarantee that the satellites will not be used for military purposes by Friday evening, the Russian rocket will no longer perform the launch, according to Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin.

Adam SmithMarch 3, 2022 11:59 p.m.

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Ukraine asks for dogecoin donations as coin meme ‘surpasses Russian rouble’

The country has already raised more than $33 million worth of bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies since launching a fundraiser this weekend.

“Dogecoin has surpassed the value of the Russian ruble,” Fedorov tweeted on Wednesday.

Adam SmithMarch 3, 2022 10:00 p.m.

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The Rise of Hoaxes: How a Shameful New Industry Profits from War

Adam SmithMarch 3, 2022 9:00 p.m.

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Ukraine Cancels ‘Crypto Airdrop’, Will Sell NFTs to Support Armed Forces Instead

He has since announced that he will call off the airdrop but will continue to seek ways for people to raise money for Ukraine via blockchain.

“After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel the parachute drop,” Fedorov tweeted. “Every day more and more people are ready to help Ukraine repel aggression.

“Instead, we will soon announce NFTs to support the Ukrainian Armed Forces. We DO NOT intend to issue fungible tokens.

Adam SmithMarch 3, 2022 8:00 p.m.

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‘Trolling, hacking and ordering pizza’: Anonymous reveals how he plans to keep fighting for Ukraine

Members of the hacking group Anonymous are planning a number of new attacks, including breaching and leaking databases, defacing websites and ordering pizza.

That’s because Anonymous sadly has no leadership or organizational structure, with the group saying they don’t “get together on schedule, to discuss and vote” but rather “someone brings up an idea or a hacking done or whatever and if other Anons like that, they join a group around it. Or not.

Adam SmithMarch 3, 2022 6:00 p.m.

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Google Maps suspends reviews as Russian monuments are flooded with photos of captured soldiers and news clips

Tripadvisor took the same action on its own platform, as users posted political statements in the “reviews” sections of businesses and restaurants in those countries to try to communicate across borders in the wake of the invasion. of Ukraine by Russia.

The idea was spread by a Twitter account representing hacking group Anonymous earlier this week, as well as Ukraine’s “IT Army” – a group that tries to counter Russian propaganda.

A review of the University of Moscow Zoological Museum said ‘you have dead animals’, with photos of captured Russian soldiers, while a monument to Soviet film officers is linked to dozens of photos of captive soldiers and screenshots of news clips, Motherboard reported.

Adam SmithMarch 3, 2022 12:45 p.m.

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Why cyberattacks against Ukraine did not work?

Russia was expected to launch cyberattacks against Ukraine to cripple its infrastructure, but many report that the attacks were not as devastating as might have been expected.

However, Russia’s countryside seems more improvised – with the internet and power grids still operational. That said, it is possible that even worse attacks may occur.

Alex Bornyakov, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, said Tech Crunch that “you have no idea” the level of cyberattacks Ukraine is facing.

“The connections are working. There are no electronics impacted yet. They hit one of the stations but it’s just one in a big city. There are many others. But I think they will try to disrupt the connections. They didn’t do it in the first place because I think they thought it would be quicker and easier, they would just run through town, stop in the main square and party . That’s why they didn’t touch any infrastructure in the first place,” he said.

“But then the Russians realized they weren’t welcome here. They occupy a territory. So after almost a week, they started destroying our infrastructure, hitting civilian targets, killing civilians. »

Adam SmithMarch 3, 2022 11:00 a.m.

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Anonymous hit by Russian hackers

A Russian hacking group known as Killnet claimed to have disrupted Anonymous’ own websites.

The website ‘anonymoushackers.net’ was reportedly unusable, instead displaying an ‘Error 500. Internal server error.’ The website is now operational.

Adam SmithMarch 3, 2022 9:19 a.m.