Hackers endorsed by Kyiv officials have claimed responsibility for a cyberattack on the Moscow Stock Exchange. The website for the Moscow Stock Exchange was offline and inaccessible on Monday.
The Ukraine IT Army posted a message on Telegram claiming that it had taken only five minutes to take down the website.
The hackers claiming responsibility are a crowdsourced community, likely recruited through online forums.
A spokesperson for global internet connectivity tracking company NetBlocks told Forbes: “We can confirm the Moscow Exchange website is down, but we don’t have visibility into the incident’s root cause or the extent of the disruption.”
Mykhailo Fedorov, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister, announced the formation of the IT Army on Twitter last week, publishing a link to a list of prominent Russian websites for the hackers to target.
On the hit list were the websites of 31 Russian businesses and state organizations, including those of energy company Gazprom, oil producer Lukoil, three banks and several government websites.