Hacking collective Anonymous on Wednesday released over 100 gigabytes of documents that it claimed showed evidence that the Kremlin is illegally monitoring citizens across Russia.
In a Twitter post, Anonymous dumped 128GB of documents that it said it acquired from the Russian internet service provider Convex. The hacker group claimed that the company launched a project called "Green Atom" that involves installing and maintaining surveillance equipment to monitor the online activity of Russian citizens and private corporations.
"'Green Atom' (TS ORM fsb) refers to the installation and maintenance of wide-ranging surveillance equipment that is used to monitor the online activity of all traffic in and out of Convex. This can be classified as espionage, unauthorized wiretapping, and surveillance of civilians without a warrant, which circumvents the laws of the Russian Federation and all public statements of the Russian authorities," the hacking group said in an email to the Kyiv Post.
The data dump contained the information of thousands of Russian citizens who were clients of Russian corporations targeted by the surveillance program, which the group claimed to be operated by Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB). The program's existence was not known until the data dump.
"Documents confirming the existence of this project, as well as the correspondence of Convex employees with the FSB, are now available not only to us, but also to you," the hacking group added in the email.
The outlet noted that the hacking collective also hinted that there was more unreleased information that would shed light on the FSB's intelligence gathering capabilities.
Russia is known for spying on its citizens through the System for Operative Investigative Activities (SORM) network. First established in 1995, SORM operates as a "back door" that gives the Russian government access to the call, messages and data of customers of Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), the largest phone provider in the country.
The act of snooping on citizens' phone records is allowed under Russian law. Changes to the legislation over the last decade have covered internet providers and web companies, requiring them to install SORM equipment. In fact, several companies were fined by Roskomnadzor, the state internet regular, for refusing to install SORM equipment.
It's nice that they exposed the illegal spying on Russian citizens, but to release the data which has been collected is a bit like doxxing, is it not?
Doxxing corrupt government officials that work against their own citizens is not only right, but a responsibility of good men.
>It's nice that they exposed the illegal spying on Russian citizens
Wasn't that already exposed when the reason we know the Kremlin authorized the shooting down of that Malaysian Airlines plane in 2014 was because the Kremlin for some retarded reason kept the phone call between them and the terrorists, because they keep all their phone calls for information collecting purposes.
>Kremlin is illegally monitoring
how can a governement break a law?
One hand washes the other
It's been like what, 4-6 years now that every "anonymous" leak has been a state-level attack against one of America's enemies?
Not that I'm complaining, Russia deserves it, but we all know this was a western government, probably led by the US
It's a common strategy. Russia and China have done it for ages, digitally and physically.
>We didn't illegally access your secure documents, it was this totally independent actor/group! We just benefited from it.
my god! this by no chance isn't happening in any other nation on earth!especially not to us democracy loving westerners.
So basically Russia is doing what every western nation already does and has been doing for decades, but we're supposed to be upset because Russia does it? Why are liberals complete fucking retards?
People should be upset when any country does it
>So basically Russia is doing what every western nation already does and has been doing for decades, but we're supposed to be upset because Russia does it? Why are liberals complete fucking retards?
LEAVE THE TOTALITAR FASCIST COUNTRY ALONE YOU LIBTARD!!!
It is only bad when people we don't like do it stupid fucking chud!
Shit, theyre still awake? Almost thought we lost em
>that the Kremlin is illegally monitoring citizens across Russia.
Then why don't they make it legal like in the west?
The "Current Thing" hackers strike again.
This post isn't a defense of Russia, but a show of disdain for the group of hackers known as obvious trannies.
didn't everyone in the world already know this?