Anonymous hacking group says it has shut down Russia's space agency Roscosmos

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Anonymous hacking group says it has shut down Russia’s space agency so Putin ‘no longer has control over spy satellites’… but Roscosmos chief denies claim and calls the saboteurs ‘petty swindlers’

  • Hacking collective Anonymous claims to have shut down Russia’s space agency
  • The group posted a tweet claiming to show server information for Roscosmos 
  • It said it had deleted confidential files related to space agency’s satellite imaging
  • But Roscosmos chief denied the claim and called the hackers ‘petty swindlers’


The notorious hacking group Anonymous claims to have shut down Russia’s space agency so that Vladimir Putin ‘no longer has control over spy satellites’ amid his invasion of Ukraine.

Network Battalion 65 or ‘NB65’, which is affiliated with Anonymous, posted a tweet claiming to show server information for Roscosmos.

They said they had downloaded and deleted confidential files related to the space agency’s satellite imaging and Vehicle Monitoring System.

However, the head of Roscosmos denied the claim and called Anonymous ‘scammers and petty swindlers’.  

The hacking group Anonymous claims to have shut down Russia's space agency so Vladimir Putin'no longer has control over spy satellites' amid his invasion of Ukraine (file photo)

The hacking group Anonymous claims to have shut down Russia’s space agency so Vladimir Putin ‘no longer has control over spy satellites’ amid his invasion of Ukraine (file photo) 

Network Battalion 65 or'NB65', which is affiliated with Anonymous, posted a tweet claiming to show server information for Roscosmos (pictured). However, the head of Roscosmos denied the claim and called Anonymous'scammers and petty swindlers'

Network Battalion 65 or ‘NB65’, which is affiliated with Anonymous, posted a tweet claiming to show server information for Roscosmos (pictured). However, the head of Roscosmos denied the claim and called Anonymous ‘scammers and petty swindlers’

Director General Dmitry Rogozin tweeted: ‘The information of these scammers and petty swindlers is not true. 

‘All our space activity control centers are operating normally.’ 

He added that Russia would treat any hacking of its satellites as a justification for war. 

Rogozin has previously said that control of the Russian space industry, orbital group and the Russian International Space Station segment is protected from cyber criminals.  

Earlier the hackers tweeted: ‘The WS02 was deleted, credentials were rotated, and the server is shut down.

‘We won’t stop until you stop dropping bombs, killing civilians, and trying to invade. Go the f*** back to Russia.’

It comes just days after Anonymous claimed it had successfully breached over 300 Russian websites and offered troops more than $53,000 (£39,000) to give up their tanks.

The hacker community claims to have collected over RUB 1 billion ($10.3 million) and is offering tank crews money for each surrendered tank, according to Ukrainian media.

Last week Anonymous declared'cyber war' against Putin's government after he mounted a full-scale invasion of Ukraine

Last week Anonymous declared ‘cyber war’ against Putin’s government after he mounted a full-scale invasion of Ukraine 

The group also announced that they had taken down the website of the Kremlin-backed TV channel RT, which broadcasts in Britain and has been heavily criticised for its coverage

The group also announced that they had taken down the website of the Kremlin-backed TV channel RT, which broadcasts in Britain and has been heavily criticised for its coverage

Last week Anonymous declared ‘cyber war’ against Putin’s government after he mounted a full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

In a post on Twitter, the group wrote: ‘The Anonymous collective is officially in cyber war against the Russian government.’

Around 30 minutes later, they announced that they had taken down the website of the Kremlin-backed TV channel RT, which broadcasts in Britain and has been heavily criticised for its coverage.

Anonymous has previously targeted groups including the Ku Klux Klan and Islamic extremists.

Members are known as ‘Anons’ and are distinguished by their Guy Fawkes masks.

In July last year, the collective warned Tesla founder Elon Musk that they planned to target him after saying he wields too much power over the cryptocurrency markets.

THE ELUSIVE HACKING GROUP ANONYMOUS 

Hacker group Anonymous has been linked to online attacks around the world aimed at punishing governments for policies of which the hackers disapprove.

Members are known as ‘Anons’ and are distinguished by their Guy Fawkes masks.

The group are seen as anything from digital Robin Hoods to cyber terrorists for their hacking campaigns against government agencies, child pornography sites and the Klu Klux Klan. 

In 2008 the online community staged a series of protests, pranks, and hacks Church of Scientology as part if its ‘Project Chanology.’

Later targets of Anonymous ‘hacktivism’ included government agencies of the US, Israel, Tunisia, Uganda, and others, copyright protection agencies; the Westboro Baptist Church; and corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony. 

In 2013 they declared war on secretive ‘chat sites’ used by paedophiles to trade images. 

Dozens of people have been arrested for involvement in Anonymous cyberattacks, in countries including the US, UK, Australia, the Netherlands, Spain, and Turkey. 

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