Wargames take out Russian websites

The Ministry of Digital Transformation in Ukraine urges its allies to play an online game designed to block Russian websites.

Lviv IT specialists have designed a game playforukraine.life to ‘defeat the enemy without even leaving the shelter.’

This browser game is an analog of the popular 2048 game. By simply matching the numbers, each player sends about 20,000 requests to block sites that serve the Russian army in one hour of play.

More than 180,000 players from different countries have already played the game and carried out 288 billion attacks, targeting more than 200 Russian sites.

If you are playing from Ukraine, you must use a VPN. Here’s our list of the best VPNs for Ukraine in 2022 to fit anyone’s budget and security needs.

Cyberwar intensifies

Recently, Anonymous, hostSec, SHDWSec, and Squad303 hacker collectives published an open letter addressed to Vladimir Putin and the government of Russia.

“We see through the propaganda that you circulate through the Russian media and lobby through the political establishment. We will NOT allow you to maintain these attacks on a sovereign country based upon a campaign of lies. Your games of deception will now be met by the wrath of elite cyber squadrons from around the world,” hackers said.

The Ukrainian government has also been very public about its hacking efforts. Recently, it has hacked the Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant, Space Program, and Kalashnikov Concern in Russia, indicating that its cyber defenses might be as weak as its military convoys.

Russian invasion

On the night of February 24, Russian forces invaded Ukraine. The Kremlin dubbed the aggression a 'special operation,' and calling the attack a 'war' can lead to a 15-year sentence.

In light of the attack, the hacker community started rallying to help Ukrainians. With Anonymous being the most prominent one, numerous hacker groups and researchers partake in various campaigns to help Ukraine.

Cyber activists targeted Russian state-controlled media outlets TASS, Kommersant, Izvestia, Fontanka, and RBC, pushing them offline.

Russian nuclear agency Rosatom and the country's space agency Roscosmos were allegedly breached by hacktivists protesting the war in Ukraine.

The German branch of the Anonymous collective also claims to have stolen 20 terabytes of data from the German arm of Rosneft, Russia's state energy company.

The Kremlin's invasion of Ukraine prompted Western governments to sanction Russia. As a result, numerous IT-related services got blocked or left the Russian market after the invasion began.

According to the United Nations, approximately 3 million people have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries. Thousands of Ukrainian civilians have perished due to Russia's artillery attacks of urban territories.

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