As the world continues to recognize and rebuke the immoral and highly illegal Russian invasion of Ukraine, international actors have had difficulties in attempting to prevent any further bloodshed.
First and foremost, there is the nuclear threat that Vladimir Putin has been leaning on of late, attempting to frighten any would-be NATO or western forces from getting their armies anywhere near Ukraine.
Further complicating the situation is Russia’s nigh-impenetrable informational damming of the internet, wherein ordinary citizens have a hard time finding accurate information as to what is truly occurring in the invasion.
And while this iron information curtain has largely kept the true cost of the war from reaching the Russian population, hacking collective Anonymous has found a way to beat the system…and it’s pretty old school.
A faction of the hacking collective Anonymous on Sunday claimed to have hacked unsecured printers in Russia to spread anti-propaganda messages, according to outlets like Raw Story.
The claim was made by an allegedly Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account with around 8,800 followers. It was later verified when reporters were able to reach the members in charge of the account and view materials related to the printer hack.
“We have been printing anti-propoganda [sic] and tor [browser] installation instructions to printers all over #Russia for 2 hours, and printed 100,000+ copies so far,” the original tweet reads. “15 people working on this op as we speak.”
There was no mistaking the context of the pages.
The materials sent to the printers in Russia include a message telling citizens that President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin, and Russian media have been lying to them about the invasion. It also includes instructions to help them access a free browser that will allow them to bypass state censorship and view “real media.”
“Citizens of Russia, act now to stop terrorist[s]. Putin killing over thousands in Ukraine,” the PDF file reads, when run through the Google Lens translation software. “The people of Russia should find horror in Putin’s actions.”
And finally, the message suggests that the Russia people overthrow Vladimir Putin for the good of the world.