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The hacktivist group – a neologism halfway between hackers and activists – Anonymous had promised in recent days a new colossal cyberattack against Vladimir Putin, within what has taken the name of opRussia, or operation Russia. And so it was, with what is today the most organized digital assault of the entire plan created to counter the war in Ukraine.

“No secret is safe,” Anonymous said through a video threatening Vladimir Putin. “We are everywhere. We are in your building, we are where you eat, we are at your table, we are in the room where you sleep”. In the video, the Kremlin president is defined as “a liar, a dictator, a war criminal and a murderer of children”.

How Anonymous works and why it targeted Russia

Anonymous hackers come from all over the world. They participate in targeted attacks against companies, public institutions, entire countries and websites that do not respect the founding values ​​of the movement. And in particular the defense, at all costs, of freedom of thought and expression.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, hacktivists have started carrying out attacks against Russia. They target the Kremlin’s web channels, the regime’s televisions and Western companies that have decided to stay in Moscow despite what has been happening for a month in kyiv.

Anonymous hits the Central Bank of the Russian Federation

In the middle of the week, Anonymous announced that it had hit the Central Bank of the Russian Federation. During those hours, the group made public 28 gigabytes of secret Russian government financial documents.

Indeed, the maxi package includes around 35,000 files, uploaded to various web spaces to avoid censorship. They are divided into two folders called A and B, and the first is in turn divided into 9 parts. The documents are in text format, with the extension .txt and office, and are in Cyrillic.

In the huge amount of data, there are agreements, correspondence, movements of money, reports on the economy hidden from the public, trade agreements with other countries, declarations of interests, information about registered supporters of the Kremlin, video conferences by Vladimir Putin and the list of programs used by the state administration.

If the data published by Anonymous were to be authentic, it would be a turning point for OpRussia. In the next few hours, intelligence experts, economists and activists will have to translate the immense amount of data made public to reveal its content.

Who is really behind Anonymous: NATO countries and lobbies?

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky himself asked Anonymous to intervene. And rumors are circulating about the involvement of NATO countries, and in particular the United States, in the cyberattacks claimed by the hacktivists. While it’s true that web mavericks can actually help governments wage digital warfare, a statement needs to be made about national security agencies.

Today, 007 agents are expert hackers. They know how to bring government technology infrastructure to its knees, while defending nations against digital attacks. The best computer scientists and programmers are already in the intelligence service, and therefore do not need amateurs.

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