Hacker collective Anonymous declares ‘cyber war’ against Russia, disables state news website

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Hacker collective Anonymous has disabled several Russian government websites including the state-controlled Russia Today news service.

Hackers identifying with the Anonymous collective announced they had launched cyber operations that briefly took down RT.com, as well as the websites of the Kremlin, the Russian government and the Russian defence ministry websites.

RT.com confirmed the attack took place, saying it slowed some websites down while taking others offline for “extended periods of time”.

RT’s coverage of the situation in Ukraine has been overwhelmingly from a pro-Russian perspective, showing fireworks and cheerful celebrations in the newly occupied territories.