IT Army of Ukraine attack to Russia. Ukraine, having been recently invaded by Russia, once again declared that it would not give in without a fight. Ukraine now wanted volunteer hackers to conduct cyber strikes against Russian businesses, banks, and government organizations in order to defend itself against the invasion.
The country’s vice prime minister claimed on Twitter that Ukraine is establishing an “IT army” this Saturday. He requested that anybody with digital skills join the effort and “fight on the cyber front.” Fedorov mentioned that the force would be formed in a Telegram chat room, where volunteers could complete “operational tasks.”
The vice prime minister, despite the fact that the first activity on the channel is for cyber experts, said that there would be activities for everyone.
We are creating an IT army. We need digital talents. All operational tasks will be given here: https://t.co/Ie4ESfxoSn. There will be tasks for everyone. We continue to fight on the cyber front. The first task is on the channel for cyber specialists.
— Mykhailo Fedorov (@FedorovMykhailo) February 26, 2022
IT Army of Ukraine united on Telegram
The Telegram group has more than 194,000 members as of Sunday. The first step was for members to employ “any vectors of cyber and DDoS assaults” on the websites of 31 Russian business enterprises, banks, and government agencies.
Russian opposition figures, journalists, and bloggers have been put on the list. They include Gazprom, Lukoil, oil, and gas firm Surgutneftegaz (SNG), internet firm Yandex, finance specialists from IT Army, a whole host of individuals connected to Putin’s government in one way or another, as well as several organizations linked with the Ministry of Defense. The Kremlin and the Ministry of Defense were among the targets included on the list.
For those who aren’t technologically savvy enough to conduct cyber and DDoS assaults, the IT Army was assigned a different mission: reporting Russian YouTube channels that spread misinformation about the Ukraine conflict. Russia 24, TASS, and RIA Novosti were among the news sources highlighted by the Telegram group.
According to reports, the group has taken down numerous Russian websites and YouTube channels, although there have been disruptions. Overall, Russia isn’t having an easy time in the technology sector, which is increasingly taking measures to aid Ukraine. Google banned state-sponsored media from generating money through their webpages, applications, or YouTube videos on Saturday following a decision by Meta (formerly known as Facebook).
Elon Musk also agreed to provide Starlink stations to Ukraine. After Fedorov, Ukraine’s vice prime minister made a request for them on Saturday.