The hacker group “Anonymous” has claimed responsibility for an attack on the portals of several Russian state media. The demand to end the Ukraine invasion immediately was read.
For a few minutes on Monday, the websites of the state news agencies Tass and Ria Novosti, the newspaper Kommersant, the pro-Kremlin daily Izvestia and the magazine Forbes Russia published a message calling for an end to the invasion of Russia was requested in Ukraine.
“In a few years we will live like in North Korea. Why does this have to be?” read the message. “So that (President Vladimir) puts Putin in the history books? This is not our war, let’s end it!”
“Anonymous” had already attacked the website of the Russian TV broadcaster RT on Thursday. Hacker attacks on the websites of the Kremlin, the Duma and the Russian Ministry of Defense followed on Saturday, to which the group also claimed responsibility.
The Facebook group Meta, which also owns Instagram and Whatsapp, pointed out on Sunday that false information was being spread on the online networks in order to portray Ukraine as a pawn in the hands of western states. The cyber security team blocked a number of fake Russia-related accounts.
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“They ran websites posing as independent news outlets and created fake personas on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Telegram and also Russia’s Odnoklassniki and VK,” Meta shared in a blog post.
In addition, for a few days a group of hackers called “Ghostwriters” have been trying to step up action against the military and journalists in Ukraine, the Meta security team said. It is apparently about accessing Facebook accounts in order to spread false information.