Hacktivists steal a database of prisoners in Russia to shed light on Navalny’s death

Hacktivists steal a database of prisoners in Russia to shed light on Navalny’s death
Hacktivists steal a database of prisoners in Russia to shed light on Navalny’s death

Hacktivists steal a database of prisoners in Russia to shed light on Navalny’s death

Apr 03, 2024 Marina Londei
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A group of hacktivists opposed to the Kremlin has avenged the death of Alexey Navalny attacking the servers of a Russian prison and by stealing data on hundreds of thousands of prisoners in Russiaincluding prisoners of the prison where the opponent of Putin’s government died.

CNN reports that hackers belong to different nationalities and also include Ukrainian people and Russian expatriates. The group’s goal is to share prisoner information, including phone numbers and email addresses, “in the hope that someone will be able to contact them and be able to understand what happened in Naval’nyj” said one of the hackers involved.

Naval’nyj died in circumstances yet to be fully verified on February 16 while he was in a prison in the Jamalo-Nenets autonomous district, located in the Arctic region. Among Putin’s most well-known opponents, he died from “sudden death syndrome” as reported by the Russian media, but several international leaders, including Biden, they blamed the Kremlin for the man’s disappearance.

The hackers published several messages on the prison website’s web pages and inserted photos depicting Naval’nyj during various political demonstrations. According to information he shared with CNN, the group allegedly came into possession of more than 800,000 prisoners and their relatives. In addition to the messages left on the site, the group also changed the prices of many items in the prison shop, lowering them to just over 1 cent.

It took several hours before the site administrators noticed the attack, and it took three days before the prison’s IT team was able to restore the site and correct product prices. It seems that the group sent a message to the shop administrators warning them not to remove the pro-Naval’nyj messages and, after IT’s refusal, the hackers they would have taken one of the site’s servers offline.

“We, IT specialists, have left today’s Russia,” read a message on the prison commissary website, later shared by CNN in a screenshot. “We love our country and will return when it is free from Putin’s regime. And we’ll get to the bottom of it.”.


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