The Russian government’s stranglehold on the internet has made it difficult for the average citizen to understand the full horror of what their nation is doing in Ukraine, but a global hacker collective has found a rather ingenious way to bypass this information iron curtain.
The group, Anonymous, began hacking into Russian printers that are on unsecured networks and forcing the machines to print a massive truth bomb.
A faction of the hacking collective Anonymous on Sunday claimed to have hacked unsecured printers in Russia to spread anti-propaganda messages, according to outlets like Raw Story.
The claim was made by an allegedly Anonymous-affiliated Twitter account with around 8,800 followers. It was later verified when reporters were able to reach the members in charge of the account and view materials related to the printer hack.
“We have been printing anti-propoganda [sic] and tor [browser] installation instructions to printers all over #Russia for 2 hours, and printed 100,000+ copies so far,” the original tweet reads. “15 people working on this op as we speak.”
The message then turned motivational.
“A wad of paper and ink is a cheap price for the blood of the innocent,” it reads. “Fight for your heritage and honor, overthrow Putin’s corrupt system that steals from your pockets. Return respect. Give peace and glory to Ukraine, which did not deserve the murder of its innocents!”
Many global observers have suggested that Vladimir Putin cannot win this war, at least not through the use of conventional weaponry, and that the Moscow Madman is growing ever more frustrated about it.