Anonymous leaks nearly 360,000 documents Russian media watchdog Roskomnadzor
More than 800 gigabytes of files were stolen in a digital attack on Roskomnadzor, a Russian media watchdog. The approximately 360,000 files range from documents to email attachments and two databases as yet inaccessible, ddosecrets reports.
What is Roskomnadzor
Roskomnadzor is responsible for monitoring Russian media in Russia and plays a major role in censoring free media in Russia. Roskomnadzor, for example, has imposed guidelines on the Russian media on how to communicate about the invasion of Ukraine. For example, Russian media are not allowed to talk about a ‘war’ or ‘invasion’ and international platforms that are not cooperating are blocked. The hack took place at the branch of the service in Bashkortostan. Bashkortostan is one of the autonomous areas that make up the Russian Federation, similar to a state in the US.
What kind of files are they?
Because such a large amount of data is involved, it is not yet entirely clear what can be found. In addition, the information is mainly in Russian, so it takes a long time before the information is translated. In any case, the goodies warn that there are also a lot of email attachments, which can contain malware and other unsafe files. The files are expected to contain a lot of information about which messages, photos, and videos are not allowed to appear in the Russian media and why. Finally, two databases were also captured, but because these have an alternative file format, it takes a while before this data can be made transparent.
Why was the information leaked?
The hackers indicate that they see themselves as part of the activist hacker collective anonymous. As the reason for the leak, they say they hope that as many Russians as possible can gain access to this information and the Russian government’s methods and motives. The hackers are afraid that Russia will soon completely cut itself off from the global internet.
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