Anonymous's blow to the Russian central bank, will it be true?

The hacktivist collective, openly siding in favor of Ukraine and against Vladimir Putin, has promised the publication of 35,000 files. Only the leak, perhaps, can prove it. Published on 24 March 2022 by Valentina Bernocco In the cyberwar that accompanies the most dramatic real war, Anonymous scores a coup: the hacktivist collective, openly aligned against Vladimir Putin, has entered the systems of the Russian central bank. Or so the claim posted on Twitter claims. The news of the hacking carried out by Anonymous has already gone around the world, a few hours after the tweet in which the group announced that by Saturday morning the 35,000 files intercepted will also be published, some of which contain "secret agreements".

The previous attack claimed by Anonymous, namely the hacking of the computer systems of Nestlé, dates back only two days ago. A punitive mission, resulting from the multinational's choice not to immediately withdraw its products from the shelves of large-scale distribution in Russia. The collective said it stole 10GB of data containing confidential company information, passwords, names and email addresses of Nestlé's customers.

However, the latter denied having suffered any computer breach, explaining that such data had been published by mistake as early as February. Investigations conducted by Cybernews have found that the Nestlé files published online by Anonymous are actually 5.7 GB, and not 10 GB as claimed. In the meantime, the company has announced that it has stopped importing and exporting and advertising activities in Russia.

Anonymous's claim on Twitter

Cyberwar between propaganda and truth It remains to be seen whether the alleged cyber attack on the Russian central bank really happened, and the possible leak of the 35 thousand files, announced by Anonymous, could perhaps prove it. resignation). The general impression is that cyberwar is also moving forward between truths and propaganda lies or tactics, as is the much more dramatic real war that is ravaging Ukrainian cities and its people. The digital conflict sees both sides engaged between cyber espionage, DDoS attacks, ransomware and online disinformation based on fake news, deep fakes and the engagement of complicit propaganda voices also through TikTok.

The Russian operation, for which the collective also launched the hashtag #Oprussia, already includes violations of the Russian websites of Auchan, Decathlon and Leroy Merlin. Furthermore, the hacktivists are trying to break through the Kremlin's censorship wall by sending SMS to Russian users and for the same purpose, according to the claims, thousands of printers located in Russian territory have been hacked to print counter-propaganda documents.

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