by Aaron Kesel, Activist Post:
On May 10th, 2018, the hacktivist group Anonymous attacked the official website of Russia’s Federal Agency for International Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) by hacking and defacing its subdomain against the ongoing censorship in the country, citing the recent ban on the encrypted messaging app Telegram.
To recap, last month the Telegram app (along with 16 million IP addresses) was blocked in the country after the company declined a court-ordered request to hand over encryption keys of its users to Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia.
Last month, Roskomnadzor, Russia’s equivalent of the FCC, began telling mobile networks that they had to block access to Telegram.
According to the head of RKN, Aleksandr Zharov, the authority has managed to block 30 percent of Telegram networks, and the amount of complaints from services that have suffered as a result of the ban is “quite low.” RKN has also issued warnings to proxy and VPN service owners about upcoming bans,citing “extremism and calls for mass disturbances.”
Then, recently on May 3rd, 2018, Russia’s media and communication regulatory authority Roskomnadzor blocked over 50 virtual private networks (VPNs), Web Proxies and Anonymizers amid its crackdown against the Telegram messaging service, HackRead reported.
These two moves spurred Anonymous to take action against the Russian government where they threatened that this is Russia’s “last warning.” In an exclusive interview, I talked to one of the Anonymous hackers who said they wished the interview to be Anonymous and didn’t seek any fame or recognition for the hack. The individual said his group did it to bring Anonymous back and didn’t seek credit to their SEC, but rather they wanted to encourage Anons to go back to their roots before SECs became a thing.
“Greetings, Roskomnadzor. Your recent destructive actions against Runet led us to the idea that you are just a handful of incompetent brainless worms. You no longer have to be able to continue this pointless vandalism. Consider this as our last warning. Yours, Anonymous,” the defaced webpage read complete with an anime comic book-style recommending Roskomnadzor “block itself” captioned in Russian.