Russia was one of favorite targets of hackers since the country went to war with Ukraine. The latest attack was targeted against a ride-sharing service Yandex Taxi. The news was first published on Reddit.com.
For your information, Yandex Taxi belongs to yandex, Russia’s leading IT company, also known as Russian Google. It should be noted that the EU sanctioned the company’s co-founder, Arkady Volozh, for “downgrading and removing” content related to Russian aggression against Ukraine.
After hacking the Yandex Taxi app, the unknown hackers created a huge traffic jam in Moscow, Russia. On September 1, 2022, complaints from motorists emerged after witnessing an unusual accumulation of taxis in the western area of the Russian capital.
What happened was that the attackers ordered all available taxis to a particular address, and an unprecedented traffic jam ensued as dozens of Yandex drivers were stranded because they were at the exact location.
According Forbes Russia, taxis were directed to one of Moscow’s main avenues, Kutuzovsky Prospekt, which is widely known for the Stalinist-era building called Hotel Ukraina (Hotel Ukraine).
The traffic jam lasted three hours. Yandex’s security team quickly tackled the blocking and promised to improve the algorithm to prevent such attacks in the future.
“On the morning of September 1, Yandex Taxi faced an attempt by attackers to disrupt the service – several dozen drivers received bulk orders in the Fili region,” the press service noted. Due to false orders, drivers spent about 40 minutes in a traffic jam.
Who is responsible for piracy?
The online hacktivist collective Anonymous took responsibility for the cyberattack. In an exclusive conversation with Hackread.com, one of the active Twitter handles of the @YourAnonTV collective (Anonymous TV) said that the attack was carried out by Anonymous in cooperation with the IT army of Ukraine. (We reached out to the Ukrainian IT Army on Twitter for comment).
Anonymous hacked into the app, sending dozens of cars to the exact spot, forming a traffic jam that lasted up to three hours.
‼️#Moscow had a stressful day yesterday. Russia’s largest taxi service “Yandex Taxi” was hacked by the #Anonymous collective. A traffic jam took place in the center of Moscow when dozens of taxis were sent by the hackers to the address of Kutuzovsky Prospekt. #OpRussia pic.twitter.com/6fp1hp0f7r
— Anonymous TV 🇺🇦 (@YourAnonTV) September 2, 2022
How did the breach occur?
According Oleg Shakirov, a Russian cyberpolitics expert, someone hacked the Yandex app and made a frustrating confusion of taxis. The hackers bypassed the company’s security mechanisms and created several fake orders, sending all the drivers to the same location.
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