Anonymous Hacks Russian State TV, Broadcasts Footage of Ukraine Invasion
Group claims they're 'officially in cyberwar against the Russian government'
Hacker group Anonymous has claimed it has hacked into Russia 24, Channel One, and Moscow 24 to show the realities of the savage Ukraine invasion.
Russian leader Vladimir Putin reportedly told Russian citizens that the invasion is a "special military operation" and a peacekeeping exercise.
According to Russian media sources, the civil war that has broken out in Ukraine, led by Nazi nationalists, is spurred on by the West.
But Anonymous showed the reality of the war in its hack carried out on Sunday.
The hacker group also targeted Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi.
Anonymous said they are taking part in the "biggest Anonymous op ever seen" in their take-down of Russia.
JUST IN: The hacking collective #Anonymous today hacked into the Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi (like Netflix) and live TV channels Russia 24, Channel One, Moscow 24 to broadcast war footage from #Ukraine. #TangoDown #OpRussia pic.twitter.com/2V8opv7Dg9— Anonymous TV 🇺🇦 (@YourAnonTV) March 6, 2022
The footage aired on Russian TV included the message: "ordinary Russians are against the war" and urged them to oppose the invasion.
Hacker claimed to have shut down Russia's space agency, so Putin "no longer has control over spy satellites" last week.
Network Battalion 65 or 'NB65', which is affiliated with Anonymous, posted a tweet claiming to show server information for Roscosmos.
They claimed they downloaded and deleted confidential files related to the space agency's satellite imaging and Vehicle Monitoring System.
But the head of Roscosmos denied the claim and called Anonymous 'scammers and petty swindlers'.
Director-General Dmitry Rogozin tweeted:
"The information of these scammers and petty swindlers is not true."
"All our space activity control centers are operating normally."
He added that Russia would treat any hacking of its satellites as a justification for war.
As The Daily Mail noted:
Rogozin has previously said that control of the Russian space industry, orbital group, and the Russian International Space Station segment is protected from cybercriminals.
Earlier, the hackers tweeted:
"The WS02 was deleted, credentials were rotated, and the server is shut down."
"We won't stop until you stop dropping bombs, killing civilians, and trying to invade. Go the f*** back to Russia."
The news comes a day after Anonymous claimed it had successfully breached over 300 Russian websites and offered troops more than $53,000 (£39,000) to give up their tanks.
The hacker collective also claimed to have collected over RUB 1 billion ($10.3 million) and is offering tank crews money for each surrendered tank.
Anonymous declared a 'cyber war' against Putin's government after he mounted a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.
In a post on Twitter, the group wrote:
"The Anonymous collective is officially in cyberwar against the Russian government."
Not long after, they announced that they had taken down the website of the Kremlin-backed TV channel RT.