Russia might have an enemy on its hands that’s more effective than any other adversary, and that’s Anonymous … which claims to have hijacked Vladimir Putin‘s regularly scheduled propaganda programming.
The notorious hacking group — which has been involved in high-profile leaks over the years — is taking responsibility for the mass disruption of multiple Russian TV broadcasts this weekend … including a couple of popular streaming services and even some state media channels.
Anonymous have hacked Russian channels and show real war footage of Ukrainian cities bombed, fact Russia denies pic.twitter.com/zhxf2USZw1
— Vlad Solodovnyk (@vladsolo) March 7, 2022
Instead of whatever several news networks were supposed to be playing … reports and videos on the ground appear to show Anonymous aired real war footage from Ukraine. That’s significant because most Russians don’t even believe there’s a war, or don’t see it as Russian aggression.
The hacking would mean Putin’s citizens got to see real footage of Ukrainian civilians bombed and forced to flee their homes.
MORE: The Russia Today (RT) France channel was also hacked on the Russian Express satellite. #OpRussia #Anonymous pic.twitter.com/JOF3slS0d1
— Anonymous TV 🇺🇦 (@YourAnonTV) March 6, 2022
Reportedly, 70 percent of Russians support the invasion of Ukraine, but Russian-run TV has been blasting out the narrative that their country is fighting Nazism and saving Ukraine.
So, to disrupt that thinking … Anonymous seems to have taken the incredible step of showing them what they’re definitely not being exposed to, and hopefully it’s a wake-up call. Even if it is though … Russians face stiff penalties for protesting the war, including years of jail time.
#ANONYMOUS HAVE A MESSAGE TO VLADIMIR PUTIN. 🇺🇦#RUSSIA #UKRAINE pic.twitter.com/QDFrTSyIqJ
— World War 3 Updates | Russia vs Ukraine 2022 (@ww3daily) February 27, 2022
Anonymous sent a message to Putin in late February threatening action like this, and the group claims it’s followed through.
Russian officials, meanwhile, are denying Anonymous has done anything to derail their plans.