Anonymous has leaked the personal data of 120,000 Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine.
The hacker group, who has condemned Vladimir Putin’s invasion, disclosed information like names, date of birth, addresses, unit affiliation and passport numbers.
Over the weekend, the hacktivist collective stated via Twitter: “All soldiers participating in the invasion of Ukraine should be subjected to a war crime tribunal.
“All soldiers participating in the invasion of Ukraine should be subjected to a war crime tribunal.”
Statement: Personal data of 120,000 Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine was leaked –
All soldiers participating in the invasion of Ukraine should be subjected to a war crime tribunal.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) April 3, 2022
Anonymous has carried out cyberattacks against Putin and the Kremlin since Russia invaded Ukraine back in February.
According to the Guardian, just days after Russian troops began targeting parts of Crimea, the group hacked into several Russian TV channels depicting the horrific attacks on Ukraine with soldiers talking about the conflict.
The video also began circulating on Twitter with the caption: “JUST IN: #Russian state TV channels have been hacked by #Anonymous to broadcast the truth about what happens in #Ukraine.”
The video has since amassed over 13 million views.
But with Anonymous being an informal collective, a consultant at US cybersecurity firm Mandiant Jamie Collie said it’s hard to confirm whether these cyber attacks are linked to the group.
“It can be difficult to directly tie this activity to Anonymous, as targeted entities will likely be reluctant to publish related technical data,” he said.
“However, the Anonymous collective has a track record of conducting this sort of activity and it is very much in line with their capabilities.”
Anonymous has also claimed responsibility for hacking Russian unsecured printers to help disseminate anti-propaganda messages.
They announced on Twitter last month: “We have been printing anti-propoganda [sic] and tor [browser] installation instructions to printers all over #Russia for 2 hours, and printed 100,000+ copies so far.
The hacktivist collective first emerged in 2003 through the website 4chan with the tagline ‘We are legion’, and the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta as their symbol.
The group reportedly has no leader and defines themselves as ‘working class people seeking a better future’ while targeting leaders and organisations misusing power.
In 2010, the group helped take down eight government websites using DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service Attacks) attacks supporting the Arab Spring.
The group has also initiated cyber attacks against the Syrian Defense Ministry by hacking into their website as well as breaking into 40 child pornography websites to publish more than 1,500 names of users on the sites.