Vladimir Putin’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has united the world in a way that hasn’t been seen since the Cold War era. Even mega-corporations like Apple have turned their back on Russia’s aggression. Hackers have been getting involved as well as they try to disrupt Putin’s propaganda machine.
The infamous hacker collective known as Anonymous has taken credit for another major hack. The group claims they have hacked all Russian state TV channels. Anti-war messages and brutal videos from the front lines have been hitting the Russian airwaves as well as on Russia-owned media outlets abroad.
The effort could be an important one. According to TMZ, 70% of Russians support Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. A large part of that is because Russia can completely control the narrative through propaganda.
That thinking could be disruptive if the television hacks keep up. Many Russians have no idea about the truth behind Putin’s war. This could serve to drum up anti-Putin sentiment from within Russia’s borders.
It is a much better plan than those hatched by Lindsey Graham and Donald Trump. Graham has openly advocated for Russians to assassinate the embattled leader. Trump recently commented that the United States should paint Chinese flags on their planes and “bomb the sh*t” out of Russia. Then they can simply blame it on China.
Anonymous’ attack is ambitious and virtuous. The loosely-connected group will continue the hacks for as long as it takes. Putin has to be experiencing at least some sense of regret for what he’s done. Time will tell if the pressure is enough to stop the war.
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