The ongoing information war between mysterious hacker group Anonymous and the government of Russia continues to escalate. After declaring war on Putin’s information infrastructure in the wake of his unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, several splinter groups of the loosely-knit hacker collective got to work. The latest such hack claims to have obtained tens of thousands of documents relating to Russia’s nuclear program.

A post circulating on Twitter links to the 40,000 files that were recently released by the hackers. The information allegedly came from the Russian Nuclear Institute. The group taking credit is now seeking translators to help translate the documents.

A post on Twitter announced the cyber attack. The “Anonymous Network Battalion 65′” was given props for the invasion. Now internet users around the world are hoping to strike gold and do further harm to Putin’s increasingly hostile regime.

“#Anonymous Network Battalion 65’ have just released 40k files from the #Russian #Nuclear Institute Translators needed ASAP get this information to the correct sources”

The group’s representative on Twitter urged anyone who found anything interesting to report it to the media. It should also be noted that the files are likely to be littered with malware. Random people who don’t speak Russian are probably safer just waiting for the experts to parse the information.

Also, a word of warning was tweeted out when Anonymous News said, “One quick note here. Disable JavaScript and avoid popups when using http://anonfiles.com. They’ve been known to slip malware towards users in the past. Avoid any executable sent to you in an effort to download this file.”

This is just the latest leak in an ongoing series of hacks designed to weaken the Putin government. The Russian dictator has to be fuming over the security breaches. Time will tell if this type of clandestine operation turns up anything fruitful.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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