Not only is Russia dealing with a gang of disapproving statesman from the UN, but now they’ve got the wrath of the internet to deal with for their brazen military shows of force currently standing at firing order somewhere on the border of the Crimean Peninsula.
The former Soviet-run state has been embroiled in a series of cyberattacks since first claiming USSR-era eminent domain over the warm-water port in Sevastopol, Ukraine, and now the Putin-supporting site Kremlin.ru has fallen to an attack that was supposedly launched on behalf of the international hacking group Anonymous.
The network responsible for keeping Kremlin.ru alive also hosts web pages dedicated to the central bank, and although no financial data has been stolen or compromised, security experts are still wary of what the DDOS could mean for the millions of customers who frequent the portal each month.
A somewhat fringe group, loosely associated with Anonymous and calling themselves the “Electronic Army of the Caucasus Emirate” has taken full responsibility for the campaign, which has also claimed the servers of Russian Channel One and DDoS “protection” firm Esteq.
State-run media outlets like RT.com have been under a constant barrage of bandwidth since tensions first began to escalate late last month, and although EACE (which has a bit less sex-appeal than SEA, if we’re being honest), claims that the attacks have nothing to do with the Ukraine conflict, the timing and specifically targeted nature of their movements could potentially suggest otherwise.
Not only have several of the attacks been traced back to a server in Kiev, the timing of the tweets suggest the group is intent on shifting any blame away from the Ukraine to avoid increased military action against their country.
Whatever their true motivations, the attacks on Russian websites has continued unabated for the past week, and show few signs of slowing down anytime soon.