Vladimir Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine continues to captivate a nervous world. Putin has placed his military on high alert and warned western powers not to interfere with his invasion under the threat of potential nuclear war. With governments uncertain about how to handle Putin’s behavior, the hacker collective Anonymous has taken matters into their own hands.
Anonymous has already been intercepting Russian military communications. They have hacked several state-run Russian websites and government databases. The latest such intrusion includes a very clear anti-Putin message.
The group’s most recent hack was the state-owned news agency Tass. Russians who were expecting to find their usual Kremlin propaganda were met with a startling message. The anti-war message criticized Putin for the alleged killing of journalists, according to The Daily Beast.
“Dear citizens. We urge you to stop this madness, do not send your sons and husbands to certain death. Putin makes us lie and puts us in danger.
In a few years we will live like in North Korea. What is it for us? To put Putin in the textbooks? This is not our war, let’s stop it!” It’s not clear who changed the site, but an Anonymous logo followed the message and it ended with the sign-off: “This message will be deleted, and some of us will be fired or even jailed. But we can’t take it anymore… Indifferent journalists of Russia.”
The Tass website was quickly taken down to remove the message. The Moscow Times reported that several other news outlets were hit by similar hacks. Vladimir Putin knew his military could role through Ukraine with impunity. The Russian dictator did not expect such a united response in opposition to his aggression.
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