Hacking group Anonymous has declared ‘cyber war’ against Vladimir Putin’s government after he mounted a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, reported DailyMail.
The elusive computer experts issued the stark announcement on their Twitter account yesterday evening. They stated:
‘The Anonymous collective is officially in cyberwar against the Russian government.’
Approximately 30 minutes later, they announced that they had taken down the website of the Kremlin-backed TV channel RT, which broadcasts in Britain and has been extremely criticized for its coverage.
MailOnline tried to access the site this morning, however, it was showing as inaccessible displaying an error message that says ‘this site can’t be reached.
The cyberwar declaration raises the prospect that Russia might be subjected to systematic hacking attempts in the coming days or even weeks.
Prior to the Ukrainian invasion on Thursday, the country’s government and banks were targeted by a massive cyberattack that was believed to be held by Russia. People on social media responded positively to Anonymous’s cyberwar declaration against Putin.
Anonymous commented in their tweet about RT:
Anonymous has previously targeted groups including the Ku Klux Klan and Islamic extremists. Members are also known as ‘Anons’ and are distinguished by their Guy Fawkes masks.