Anonymous vs. Russia: Hackers Say Space Agency Breached, More Than 1,500 Websites Hit

A hacking group affiliated with Anonymous claimed that it breached the control center of Russian State Space Corporation “Roscosmos” and cut off the agency’s control over its spy satellites as part of the ongoing cyber-offensive against Russian government targets in protest of the invasion of Ukraine.

“The Russian Space Agency sure does love their satellite imaging,” the group NB65 said in a post early today, posting accompanying screenshots. “Better yet they sure do love their Vehicle Monitoring System. The WSO2 was deleted, credentials were rotated and the server is shut down. Network Battalion isn’t going to give you the IP, that would be too easy, now wouldn’t it? Have a nice Monday fixing your spying tech. Glory to Ukraine.”

“We wont stop until you stop dropping bombs, killing civilians and trying to invade,” NB65 added. “Go the fuck back to Russia.”

The same group did a data dump Sunday of more than 40,000 files that they said were swiped from the country’s Nuclear Safety Institute (IBRAE). “We don’t have the capacity to translate this many Russian documents, so enjoy and let us know what you find,” the group said.

On Monday, one Anonymous account reported on Twitter that hackers associated with the collective had taken down more than 1,500 websites connected to the Russian and Belarusian governments, state media outlets, major banks and companies over the previous 72 hours.

Accounts reporting their hacks under the #OpRussia or #OpKremlin hashtags on Twitter also said the website of the Russian Ministry of Labour and Social Protection had been knocked offline (and was still down this evening). Anonymous also leaked a database that hackers said came from breaching Russia’s Ministry of Economic Development.

And hackers breached a maritime traffic tracking site to give Russian President Vladimir Putin’s yacht “Graceful” a new call sign, ANONYMO, and a new destination, FCKPTN.

Anonymous accounts were encouraging those without hacking skills to join Russian social media sites and spread information to counter Russia’s disinformation or lack of news about what is really happening in Ukraine.

They also countered disinformation that they…