Anonymous removes Ministry of Defense, RT and Kremlin websites

“Our operations target the Russian government,” Anonymous wrote on Twitter. The hacker movement is known for its various global cyberattacks over the past two decades.

The Kremlin-backed TV channel RT.com was the first victim of the internet attack, believed to be a response to the war in Ukraine. The news site caters to audiences outside of Russia by broadcasting in English, Spanish, German, French and Arabic through its internet portals. RT is considered a major propaganda channel for Putin’s regime.

Since Friday afternoon, the portal of the Russian Ministry of Defense is also down, returning HTTP error code 418. Such an error response is the indication for the server “is permanently, a teapot”.

On Saturday morning, also the Putin administration’s own portal Kremlin.ru is down, it is still unclear whether the site is hacked by Anonymous.

The portal of the Russian government, with all the ministries, works slowly and is partially unavailable.

Anonymous explains in its Twitter thread that it is not the Russian people who are targeted.

“We want the Russian people to understand that we know it is difficult for them to denounce their dictator for fear of reprisals.”

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The internet hacking group says it will step up the campaign against Putin’s regime, saying, “We are confident that sanctions against Putin’s criminal regime will have no effect… #Anonymous will step up cyberattacks against the Kremlin this after- noon (Moscow Times) #OpRussia.

It was on Thursday this week that Vladimir Putin launched a massive military attack on Ukraine.

Saturday morning, Russian troops would be in the outskirts of Kiev but encounter strong resistance. Reports come in of heavy fighting.