‘Anonymous’ has allegedly taken down several major mainstream media websites in Russia, and replaced the sites’ main pages with the message “stop the war.” The ‘Anonymous’ hacker collective claims to be responsible.
The websites of several Russian and Belarusian media outlets were targeted on Monday by hackers, with the main pages being replaced by the message “stop the war”. According to a report by RT, the websites of TASS, Kommersant, RBK, Izvestia, Fontanka, as well as some outlets in Belarus, were targeted and disabled.
It follows the declaration of ‘cyber war’ against Russia made by ‘Anonymous’ on February 25, the day after President Vladimir Putin launched a military offensive in Ukraine.
The message urges “dear citizens” to “stop this madness,” and not to send their “sons and husbands to certain death.” The message, supposedly from journalists, says Putin “makes us lie and puts us in danger.”
“We were isolated from the whole world, they stopped buying oil and gas. In a few years, we will live like in North Korea. Why do we need that? To put Putin in the textbooks? This is not our war, let’s stop it!” it reads.
The United States and European Union has sanctioned Russia, and the ruling classes are warning of more intense war actions, like cyber attacks. Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, has vowed to retaliate. So everyone should expect to feel the consequences now of allowing others to rule over them and speak for them. Cyber attacks and hacking in this war, have only just begun.
Remember, cyber-attacks of even something like the Colonial Pipeline can cause widespread panic and disaster. Whether this was a “test run” for a larger attack is irrelevant.
Mainstream media outlets in the United States are beginning to warn Americans that the power grid is vulnerable to Russian cyber attacks. This could also be a great excuse for the ruling class of the U.S. to take down the power grid and financial system and blame it on Russia.