Many enthusiasts have joined the digital armies from both the Ukrainian and Russian sides. Ideally, such actions should interfere only with military operations, but, as in the case of a real war, they can also affect civilians.
Anonymous has been subjected to a barrage of criticism after publishing its latest leak containing approximately 150,000 logins on . Despite the fact that it looks like a combination of email addresses and passwords from previous leaks, the hacker collective has been criticized for attacks on innocent Russians.
“Yandex Taxi was popular in my country (a convenient and cheap option, especially for students),” said one Twitter user. “People who don’t support Putin have stopped using it, but still have profiles in the service.”
Another user, claiming to be Ukrainian and currently in Kiev, expressed hope that the leak did not contain his data, since he also had a Yandex email.
Many experts believe that cyber warfare will become even uglier, and even more innocent people will suffer. And as we increasingly use intelligent technologies, the number of unintended victims will also increase.
Recently, pro-Ukrainian hackers seized charging stations for electric vehicles in Russia, on the screens of which messages appeared in support of Ukraine. However, attacks on charging stations can have more serious consequences. If hackers decide to interfere with the operation of such stations, then electric car drivers, their manufacturers and even the city power grid may suffer.
According to Richard Gardner, CEO of Modulus, such hacktivism is more than just a way to express your opinion about Putin. Such actions illustrate the scope of the upcoming cyber war.
“Most people don’t think about the incredible technologies used in vehicles and their chargers. Ordinary users don’t think about the technologies that are used in their smart refrigerators and televisions. We forget that every new technology is an additional risk for intruders who want to destroy our lives.”
As cyberwar continues to grow, electric car owners are increasingly at risk of external interference.
“Hacking can also affect the operation of traffic lights or braking devices that use electronic systems instead of mechanical ones,” Gardner added. – Even for some car keys. There are opportunities for hackers everywhere.”
Although most of the bans imposed by the Russian authorities are easily circumvented using a VPN, for most citizens these technologies remain inaccessible. Sending messages through charging stations or watching news disguised as restaurant reviews will help circumvent such prohibitions. Such hacks carry many geopolitical risks that the Russian authorities must take into account.