Pro-Russian hackers hit countries taking action against Russia for its war in Ukraine.
A rag-tag group of Russian hacktivists is targeting European governments, infrastructure and even its prized Eurovision song contest with cyberattacks and disinformation campaigns, in an effort to deter support for Ukraine in the war.
The pro-Kremlin hacker collective by the name of Killnet has launched a barrage of attacks on Western government networks and critical infrastructure this summer, loudly claiming victories on social media channels and in Russian media and causing headaches for Russia's adversaries' security authorities.
Killnet is radically different from Russia's highly skilled hackers working for its intelligence agencies' groups like Fancy Bear and Sandworm, which have gained fame through hacks of the U.S. Democratic National Committee and launching the devastating ransomware called NotPetya, respectively. Killnet, on the other hand, is more like an angry, nationalist online mob armed with low-grade cyber-offensive tools and tactics. Its big success is in setting a narrative about the war.