HACKING group Anonymous claims it has released the details of 120,000 Russian soldiers in Ukraine, in the latest cyber attack on Putin’s forces.
Names, dates of birth, addresses, and even passport numbers were included in the major hack of Russian data.
It comes after Anonymous vowed “unprecedented attacks” on Russian government sites.
In its latest statement, the group said: “Personal data of 120,000 Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine was leaked.”
It went on: “All soldiers participating in the invasion of Ukraine should be subjected to a war crime tribunal.”
Earlier, Anonymous claimed it had made public 15 GB of data stolen from the Russian Orthodox Church’s charity wing.
Anonymous has been trying to undermine Putin since the start of the invasion on February 24.
In the first week of the war alone, it claimed to have successfully hacked more than 300 Russian websites, while offering Putin’s troops £40,000 to give up their tanks.
Russian troops were advised by Anonymous to surrender with a white flag and use the password “million” to show that they accept the group’s terms.
It claimed to have put together a war chest worth millions of pounds to fund this scheme.
Last month, Anonymous said it had shut down Russia’s space agency, adding that Putin’s officials have “no more control over their spy satellites”.
However, this was denied by Roscosmos Director-General, Dmitry Olegovich Rogozin, who branded the group “petty swindlers”.
In a social media statement, he said: “The information of these scammers and petty swindlers is not true. All our space activity control centres are operating normally.”
Rogozin has previously claimed that the control of the Russian space industry, orbital group, and the Russian International Space Station segment is protected from cybercriminals.
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Anonymous, the highly decentralised hacking collective, first made headlines over a decade ago during the Occupy Wall Street movement.
The group first emerged in 2003 on the website 4chan and became known for using the tagline “We are legion”, along with the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta.
It previously shared a menacing message for Vladimir Putin, telling the Russian president “Members of Anonymous have declared cyber war against you and your aggressive regime,” in a video posted on Twitter.
A week after allegedly hacking Putin’s space agency, Anonymous claimed to have hacked Russian state TV.
Broadcasts were taken over with footage of the brutal invasion of Ukraine.
The footage ended with a written message blaming the war on Russia’s government, not ordinary Russian people.
All soldiers participating in the invasion of Ukraine should be subjected to a war crime tribunal
This was the second time Russian TV channels had been hacked by Anonymous after a previous cyber attack played Ukrainian songs instead of the scheduled programming.
The same attack also took down the Kremlin’s website.
In a Twitter thread explaining its recent actions against Russia, Anonymous wrote: “We abhor violence. We are anti-war. We are against police brutality. We have raised our fists in the air to stand against aggressors time and time again.
“We would never choose to hurt anyone physically. Understand this and know this if any government says otherwise.”
The tweet came from an unverified account with almost 8 million followers.
“We can change the world for the better,” the thread concluded. “That has always been the idea. Ideas are bulletproof.”
Anonymous also claimed responsibility for hacking unsecured Russian printers to help spread anti-Putin messages.
In the past week, the collective alleges it has leaked 28 GB of documents from Russia’s Central Bank.
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