The vigilante cyber collective Anonymous has claimed to have gained access to the Kremlin’s internal Close Circuit Television system while threatening to ‘reveal all of their secrets’.
Anonymous reported this security breach through a tweet which attributed the attack to a hacker cell within Anonymous, who goes by the handle @Thblckrbbtworld.
A statement, which accompanied Anonymous’ footage of what appears to be Kremlin government meetings, declared: “We won’t stop until we reveal all of your secrets. You won’t be able to stop us.
“Now we’re inside the castle, Kremlin.”
The footage is yet to be verified by independent experts, but has been viewed over 300,000 times on Twitter already.
This cyber attack is the latest development in Anonymous’ campaign against Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine.
Today marks the 43rd day of Russia’s deadly invasion, which state media still refers to a ‘special military operation’. Transparency regarding what is actually happening within the Kremlin has been severely hampered by new press censorship legislation in Russia.
The ‘fake news’ laws mean that anyone found guilty of disseminating ‘false information’ about the Russian forces can face extreme penalties, including a prison sentence of up to 15 years, Reuters reported.
Last week, it emerged that Anonymous leaked the personal data of 120,000 Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.
The hacker group, who have heavily condemned Vladimir Putin’s invasion, disclosed information like names, date of birth, addresses, unit affiliation and passport numbers.
Over the weekend, the hacktivist collective stated via Twitter: “All soldiers participating in the invasion of Ukraine should be subjected to a war crime tribunal.”
Anonymous then claimed to have hacked into unsecured printers across Russia in order to print out ‘anti-propaganda’ messages about the Ukrainian invasion.
A member of the collective, whose Twitter handle is @DepaixPorteur, tweeted: “We have been printing anti-propaganda and tor installation instructions to printers all over [Russia] for 2 hours, and printed 100,000+ copies so far. 15 people working on this op as we speak.
“We’re currently launching a printer attack on 156 [Russian] printers. Already over 40,000+ copies.”
Today, Russia have also been accused of stymieing the flow of information about the conflict through ‘mass reporting’ social media accounts. Jens Stoltenberg, the Nato Secretary General also delivered a speech to the alliance summit in Brussels. The speech marked a change in the readiness of the Nato to provide lethal aid in the form of more military equipment.
Stoltenberg also condemned the ‘horrific murders’ of civilians in Bucha and warned the summit’s audience of leaders that they must be ready for the ‘long haul’.
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