Anonymous says it also attacked the official website of the Russian Stock Exchange which, at the time of this article’s publication, was offline.
An anonymous hacktivist collective claims to have targeted major Russian government websites in a series of DDoS attacks. Accordingly, the official website of the Federal Security Service (aka FSB, the main security agency of Russia), the Stock Exchange, the Analytical Center of the Government of the Russian Federation and the Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation Russian were forced to go offline.
For your information, during a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, a website or service is bombarded with a high volume of internet traffic until it stops working and eventually goes offline .
The full list of targeted institutions and their domain addresses are as follows:
- FSB – Fsb.gov.ru
- Russian Stock Exchange – Moex.com
- Moscow International Portal – Moscow.ru
- Ministry of Sports of the Russian Federation – Minsport.gov.ru
- Analytical Center for the Government of Russia – Ac.gov.ru
The cyberattack, which was part of Anonymous’ ongoing operation called OpRussia, took place around 12:12 p.m. (GMT), March 15, 2022. However, the severity of the attack can be quantified by the fact that nearly seven Hours have passed since the attack took place, but all targeted websites were still inaccessible and offline for visitors.
On Twitter, @YourAnonNewsone of the biggest social media exponents of the Anonymous movement shared several screenshots showing the targeted domains and their current service status.
At the time of writing, all targeted websites were offline.
From the anonymous side of Ukraine
As you may already know, Russia fell under the radar of hacktivists, especially the Anonymous collective, after the country invaded Ukrainian territories on February 24, 2022. Since then, Russian IT infrastructure has been targeted all both days, including government websites, TV channels, online video streaming platforms, etc.
However, the group’s most significant attack took place last week when one of its affiliates hacked into more than 400 surveillance cameras in Russia. The hacktivists then defaced the compromised cameras with messages against President Putin and in support of Ukraine.
The second attack, which is ongoing, is set up by Squad303, a newly formed digital army including programmers associated with Anonymous. During the first stage of the attack, the group sent 7 million text messages to random Russian citizens across the country, urging them to protest the Russian attack on Ukraine.
Details of both attacks are available here.
More anonymous hacks for Ukraine
- Anonymous hackers deface the website of the Russian Space Research Institute
- Anonymous Hacker of Russian TV Channels and Electric Vehicle Charging Station in Moscow
- Anonymous and its affiliates hacked 90% of misconfigured Russian databases