Hacktivist group Anonymous claims to have hacked the Russia Central Bank and accessed 35,000 files promising a data dump within 48 hours. The anonymous hacker claims the documents contain “secret agreements” that would affect Russian politics.
A Twitter account linked to the hacker group Black Rabbit world (@Thblckrbbtworld) later announced that Anonymous had leaked 28 GB stolen from the Central Bank of Russia.
“The Central Bank of Russian Federation leak (28 GB) has been published by Anonymous,” the account tweeted.
The group hacked the Central Bank of Russia in retaliation for the invasion of Ukraine, declaring cyber war on Vladimir Putin in a video released about a month ago.
Anonymous hacking group shares links to Russia Central Bank data dump
The hacktivist group shared links to the Russia Central Bank data dump, promising more download sources if the previous ones were blocked.
Similarly, the non-profit group Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) announced it had archived the data dump on its website.
Another Anonymous-linked account on Twitter @YourAnonNews confirmed the release of the data dump exfiltrated from the Russia Central Bank.
Anonymous claims that the data dump contains economic secrets that would shake Russian politics if exposed. The data dump contains names of high-profile clients, internal communications, bank statements, invoices, and other documents. The records go back as far as 1999, according to cyber security experts who have waded through the data dump. The Russia Central Bank has not responded to multiple media requests for comments and neither confirmed nor denied the allegations.
The Russia Central Bank data dump is of key interest to the intelligence and business community trying to uncover Russia’s plans, corruption, and fiscal vulnerabilities.
Russia Central Bank has been trying to prop the country’s currency Ruble, which plummeted in value by 30 percent immediately after the invasion. The loss of value forced Kremlin to suspend stock trading and currency exchange.
Anonymous cyber operations in Russia
The group’s cyber operations in Russia have targeted several organizations in a campaign dubbed #OpRussia.
The group has claimed responsibility for more than 2,500 attacks on the Russian and Belarusian governments, targeting state-run media stations, airports, banks, airports, hospitals, and even the Russian nuclear energy company.
Anonymous also hacked the country’s communications supervisor Roskomnadzor (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media).
Additionally, Anonymous claimed to have taken over the state broadcaster and compromised printers in Russia to print anti-war messages. On March 7, Anonymous hacked the Russian state TV station and streamed Russian troops bombing Ukrainian civilian buildings. In March, Putin signed a law imposing prison sentences of up to 15 years for reporting “fake news” referring to information contradicting the government’s narrative on the war in Ukraine.
Other Anonymous-linked hacking activities in Russia included the compromise of the Russian state agency on March 4, the hacking of misconfigured cloud databases in Russia (March 10), sending of 7 million text messages (March 12), DDoS attacks on Russian websites, and leaking of 79 GB of data from oil giant Transneft’s subsidiary Omega Company (March 19), among others.
The hacktivist group has leaked over 360,000 files from Russia since the start of the invasion on Feb 24, 2022. Additionally, Anonymous offered $52,000 in Bitcoin to Russian soldiers who abandon their tanks in the warzone.
Anonymous also targets international companies operating in Russia after its aggression on Ukraine. Swiss food and drink processing company Nestlé has been the subject of such attacks after announcing it would continue selling “essential goods” in Russia.