This teen hacker is targeting Russian websites to avenge the downing of Malaysia Airlines MH17
A teen hacker has taken it upon himself to avenge the alleged downing of the ill fated Air Malaysia flight MH-17 by a Russian missile. The hacker who calls himself Cyber Anakin after the Star Wars character has been hacking Russian websites and leaking stolen information.
The teenager told Motherboard he wanted to hit Russian websites, to open private databases and expose Russians websites by publicly airing their data on Russian internet users. “I choose the targets randomly, as long as it’s Russian,” Cyber Anakin told Motherboard in a Twitter message.
“I hold consequentialist approach during the hack, meaning that I only care about the public shock among Russians as a result of the hack, and to show the irony that Russians can defend against Hitler but cannot defend against hacker [sic].”
The ill fated Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was reportedly shot down by a Russian ‘Buk’ missile. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was on a trip from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed on 17 July 2014 after being shot down. All together, 283 passengers and 15 crew on board were killed in the incident.
The Dutch Safety Board’s report on the incident concluded that the Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur Boeing 777 was hit by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air 9M38-series missile with 9N314M warhead launched from Eastern Ukraine. The Russian government has blamed Ukraine for the incident as it occurred in Ukrainian airspace.
The incident has been blamed on the Ukrainian rebels as immediately after the crash, a post appeared on the VKontakte social media profile attributed to Russian Colonel Igor Girkin, leader of the Donbass separatists, claiming responsibility for shooting down an AN-26 near Torez, but after it became clear that a civilian aircraft had been shot down, the separatists denied any involvement, and the post was taken down.
The Dutch report said that the warhead exploded just outside the cockpit on the left side, instantly killing the pilot and two other crew members as the front of the plane sheared off.
Cyber Anakin told Motherboard these hacks are part of “revenge” he wanted after the MH17 crash. Cyber Anakin says that he has already hacked into km.ru, and the video game maker Nival.com and has access to the complete data base on those website.
This was confimed by a security researcher from haveibeenpowned.com, Troy Hunt who told Motherboard that he could have gained access to information that will affect 1.5 million victims linked to km.ru. He said the hacked database contained emails, encrypted passwords, secret questions and answers. Nival’s database has similar data.
It is assumed that Cyber Anakin either knew someone whose relative lost their life in the plane crash or has lost someone close on the ill fated flight. This may be the reason behind Cyber Anakin’s Russian hack mission.