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The cyber war against Russia

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Hacker groups are very much real. With the spread of the Internet and the digitalization of almost everything, there arose a certain group. Anonymous is an international activist group that is prominently known for cyberattacks against governments, institutions, and even the Church of Scientology. They are well known for appearing in Guy Fawkes masks, much akin to V, the protagonist in the graphic novel and movie, V for Vendetta, and masking their voice with voice changers. Fans have called them freedom fighters, while critics have called them cyber terrorists. Either way, they are a group to watch out for.

In the wake of the Russo-Ukraine war, Anonymous is active again. They arose from the shadows and sent at first, a Twitter message from their account @YourAnonOne, stating ominously that, “The Anonymous collective is officially in cyberwar against the Russian government” and then released a video with one of their members in the iconic Guy Fawkes mask. In the video, the masked individual condemns the Russian President, Vladimir Putin’s actions, saying,” Your regime has no respect for human rights or the self-determination of your neighbours” and played horrific scenes depicting the attack on Ukraine and the situation of the citizens and refugees, because of it. The hacker collective proclaimed that they hacked the Ministry of Defence database and then on Sunday, it had hacked the Russian TV channels and posted pro Ukraine content.

There were rumours that the Russian militia would bring on assault through digital means, however cyber wars against Ukraine have thus far been less. Before the start of the war, Ukrainian websites were hit with DDoS attacks and there have been partial restrictions imposed on Facebook and recently on Twitter as well. Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla, has also joined in aid of Ukraine by providing internet access through his Starlink satellites. Even Facebook and Google restricted access to one of the state media in Ukraine and reduced Russian adverts as well as Russian Youtube channels and shut down fake news media outlets. Twitter also took steps to reduce the circulation of Russian accounts with ties to the state and also labeled the tweets sent from those accounts. This is quite crucial in the cyber battle against Russia.


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