The world community is trying hard to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian aggression, but the hacker activists have waged the fight directly in Putin’s Russia. Groups like Teame OneFist and Anonymous have brazenly breached Russia’s cyber defenses and wreaked havoc in the country, making the war for Russians in Russia very real.
One such attack by Team OneFist severely disrupted traffic in Novosibirsk, Russia’s third-largest city, with many Russians pounding on the sidewalks. The international coalition of volunteer cyber warriors has pledged to defend Ukraine in what Russia is calling a “special military operation.”
With more than 1,686,000 inhabitants, Novosibirsk is the largest city in the Novosibirsk Oblast and the Siberian Federal District. Transportation in the city includes a metro system, buses, taxis, trams, and trolleybuses.
The cyber attack, dubbed Operation Yellow Submarine after the yellow cabs in the US, hit the city of Novosibirsk’s traffic control system earlier this month. Operation Yellow Submarine has been “planned for a long time,” said Team OneFist founder Voltage International business hours in an exclusive interview. He said his group broke through the transport system about a month ago and is waiting for the right moment to strike.
“We saved it for a moment when such an attack on transport logistics would benefit the war effort the most,” he said. The hack was deployed between September 2 and 3, right after Operation Sidewinder, which destroyed 800 routers and voice gateways operated by Russia’s largest digital service provider, Rostelecom.
The cyber attack was intended to sabotage transport and shipping logistics in Novosibirsk. Team OneFist wanted to create traffic chaos in the city and “blind management to where in the city traffic is heavy.” According to Voltage, without this system, measures to deal with the city’s daily traffic jams would be very difficult.
Team OneFist’s attack blinded city planners to traffic conditions. It broke the automated bus scheduling system, as well as the electronic signs on buses and trams.
Taxi services using the system “didn’t work, forcing Orcs back to manual/old practices with no insight into the city’s traffic situation,” Voltage explained, using the derisive term Ukrainians use for Russians. “The system and its backups were destroyed from within, making it impossible to recover quickly.”
Team OneFist’s attack on Novosibirsk’s Transport Traffic Management System paralyzed the city for several days. According to Voltage, it took the city a few days to restore the system, which forced commuters onto the sidewalks during that time.
The Russians attempted to stop the attack by cutting off Team OneFist’s access to the system, although they were still in the process of wiping the data. But the group prevailed at the end of this cyber battle.
“We broke into the system, downloaded everything and demolished the server from the inside. We couldn’t completely crash it, but we had full file access to everything,” Voltage said.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/russians-novosibirsk-forced-pound-pavements-team-onefist-paralyzes-traffic-exclusive-1838576?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution Russians in Novosibirsk forced to pound sidewalks as Team OneFist paralyzes traffic