Anonymous, the notorious hacking collective, appeared on Sunday to claim responsibility for leaking the personal information of 120,000 Russian soldiers who allegedly fought in Ukraine last month.
The information included names, dates of birth, addresses, unit affiliation and passport numbers.
“All soldiers participating in the invasion of Ukraine should be subject to a war crimes tribunal,” the group tweeted on Sunday.
This week, the Russian military came under scrutiny for alleged human rights abuses in the Ukrainian town of Bucha. Reports suggest civilians in the city have been shot with their hands tied behind their backs and dead bodies have been spotted in yards, cars and streets.
The leak results first appeared in Ukrainian news outlet Pravda on March 1, just days after the invasion of Ukraine began. The outlet did not reveal at the time where the information came from, noting only that “the Center for Defense Strategies acquired this data from reliable sources.”
On Sunday, the “hactivist” group, which has become known for its hacks on governments, corporations and other groups, condemned the Russian invasion before claiming the leak.
“We are all witnesses to the evil that Russia is doing,” he tweeted. “It’s going to take a long time for Russia to come back into the human race after all the crimes it committed through Putin.”
Anonymous has claimed other attacks on the Russian government since the invasion began in late February. The group said it hacked into unsecured printers in Russia to spread anti-propaganda messages, as the country’s state media promoted and defended war.
Messages sent to printers included a warning that Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin and the Russian media were lying about the invasion and gave instructions on how to access a browser that would allow Russian citizens to bypass the country censorship.
The group also said it took down the Kremlin’s official website and tweeted that it had “operations underway to keep .ru government websites offline and to deliver information to the Russian people so they can be freed.” of Putin’s state censorship machine”. He apparently hacked over 2,500 government websites, Russian media and banks, Russian TV channels and security cameras at military bases as well.
He also threatened to “not be nice” to Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia, after she said the Ukrainians were waging a “war [against Russia] they can’t win.”
Newsweek contacted the Russian Foreign Ministry for comment on Sunday afternoon, but received no response by publication. This story will be updated with any response.
This story and its title have been updated to clarify that the leak happened last month, as the band’s tweet was posted on Sunday.