In keeping with its tradition of politically minded hacks, Anonymous sent a message of support to the anti-Putin movement by DDoS-ing the Russian leaderâ€™s online palace, kremlin.ru. This is supposedly part of OpDefiance, a new campaign the hacktivists launched with a view to protesting against the unfair electoral process that brought Vladimir Putin back into the saddle.
According to a warning video posted by Anonymous and addressing, as always, â€œthe citizens of the worldâ€, the hacktivists decided to symbolically join a march against the Moscow leader that was supposed to take place on May 6. In their awe-inducing video, Anonymous said they stand ready to â€œ[take] down government information resourcesâ€ and called for solidarity: â€œsaid government having been assembled by an array of lies and electoral fraud, we ask for your help in this operationâ€. When justifying their actions, the hacktivists took the high moral ground approach and painted a very dramatic picture of todayâ€™s Russian society: â€œthese politicians steal from us, imprison innocent people while using law enforcement authorities as their lap dogs and they get away with it[â€¦]â€.
This is probably not the last we will hear about the Anonymous exploits on Russian soil as anti-Putin protests are likely to continue for a while.