Online ‘hacktivist’ group Anonymous took over Russian state TV to broadcast footage from the war in Ukraine.
“The hacking collective Anonymous hacked Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi (like Netflix) and live TV channels Russia 24, Channel One, Moscow 24 to broadcast war footage from Ukraine [today],” The masked hackers tweeted, with a 38-second video of someone’s Russian TV being taken over with hand-held footage of the invasion.
The group, made up of activists from around the world, said it was the “biggest Anonymous op ever seen”.
The footage showed a message at the end, stating “ordinary Russians are against the war”, and called for Russians to oppose the attack on Ukraine.
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This operation follows a host of anti-war stunts from Anonymous, which include hacking more than 2,500 government websites, including Russian and Belarusian banks, state broadcaster RT, and a Belarusian rail network, agencies and newspapers.
The group has also asked people to leave fake Google reviews to tell Russians what’s really happening, and for Belarusian partisans to set fire to a Russian control station to ensure tanks and equipment couldn’t be used to further invade Ukraine.