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Anonymous declares cyber war against pro-Russian hacker group Killnet

Metro logo Metro 5/23/2022 Anugraha Sundaravelu
‘R. I. P killnet.ru’ tweeted an account associated with Anonymous (Picture: Shutterstock) © Provided by Metro ‘R. I. P killnet.ru’ tweeted an account associated with Anonymous (Picture: Shutterstock)

The hacktivist group Anonymous has announced on social media that it’s launching a cyber war against pro-Russian hacker group Killnet.

On Saturday, a Twitter account associated with Anonymous, @YourAnonOne tweeted: ‘The #Anonymous collective is officially in cyber war against the pro-Russian hacker group #Killnet.’ 

The hackers reportedly brought down the pro-Russian pirate site, ‘killnet.ru’, making it inaccessible. 

‘R. I. P killnet.ru’ tweeted the account.

In response, Killnet attacked Polish government portals and published a list of sites to be targeted on Telegram channels, according to reports from an Italian news website shared by the Anonymous twitter account.

Last week, Italian police foiled Killnet’s plans to disrupt the semi-finals and final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The Italian police also gathered information from the pro-Russian group’s Telegram channels to prevent other critical events, and identified the geographic location of the attacks.

Killnet had previously calimed an attack on the websites of several Italian institutions last Wednesday, including the Senate, Italy’s upper house of parliament, and the National Health Institute.

The pro-Vladimir Putin cyber group had threatened to disable the online voting system through a DDoS attack — which involves a website being inundated with traffic from multiple computers leading it to crash.

Earlier this month, Killnet threatened to shut down ventilators at British hospitals in retaliation for the arrest of an alleged member.

Anonymous is currently in a fully-fleged cyber war against Russia since its invasion of Ukraine and has called on its decentralised members to disrupt Vladimir Putin’s regime in any way possible.

Over the course of a 2 minute 20 second video posted on February 27, which has been viewed millions of times, a masked Anonymous figure claims sanctions and other retailiations were in store over Putin’s ‘foolish actions’.

Since then collective has disabled several websites of the Russian government, the Kremlin and the Ministry of Defence. It also took down Russia’s state run news services through a series of cyber attacks.

In April, anonymous leaked over 900,000 Russian state network emails.

In retaliation, the Russian group known as Killnet claimed to have disrupted Anonymous’ own websites by disabling their servers.

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