The group also announced launching a cyber war against the Russian government.
Hackers hacked and defaced at least 32 Russian websites and uploaded a video showing the Kremlin on Fire. The incident happened on the anniversary of the Ukraine invasion. The exact number of defaced websites is still unknown; it is also unclear how the hackers defaced them.
A group of hackers going by the online handle of “CH01” took responsibility for the attack, stating that it was to show solidarity with the “entire civilized world, in order to restore justice and the triumph of the forces of light and goodness.”
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In its messages on the Telegram app, the hackers called Russia a dictatorial regime that invaded a “strong and independent Ukraine.” In a message translated from the Russian language via the Telegram translation bot, the hackers said:
Hacker group CH01, in solidarity with the entire civilized world, in order to restore justice and the triumph of the forces of light and good, on the anniversary of the terrorist invasion of dictatorial Russia in a strong and independent Ukraine, we declare cyber war to the dictatorship and totalitarianism and idiocy of Putin’s criminal regime.CH01
The hackers also played a song by a renowned Russian rock band from the 1980s called Kino, whose lyrics were freedom-based. A QR code is also part of the video that redirects to a Telegram channel, where the hackers claimed responsibility for the attack. CH01 has created a Twitter account and posted a video on the social media app, too.
The oracle says that all evil will loose and all good will live forever. we are CH01 hacker group, on behalf of all free world, will fight against putintrrorist and all dictators.— CH01 (@_CH_01_) February 24, 2023
Let the prophecy come true#CH01 #putinterorist #oracle #prophecy #cyberwar #freedom pic.twitter.com/1sKfkMqmXB
As Ukraine’s invasion by Russia marked its anniversary, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky released a statement claiming that this will be the year of their “invincibility” and “victory.”
This is not the only cyber attack that Russian cyber infrastructure has suffered on the anniversary of the Ukraine invasion. On February 23, 2023, Anonymous hacktivists hacked into several radio stations across Russia and defaced the ongoing transmission with announcements about fake missile alerts.