At this point, it’s safe to say that sanctions aren’t going to stop Putin from destroying Ukraine. The madman is threatening nukes, for crying out loud. The only language he understands is action. And Putin needs to learn that attacks against sovereign nations will end up hurting his country. Sadly, Joe Biden doesn’t seem to understand this.
We’re not saying Joe needs to send troops. But his current response is laughable. Putin needs to feel the pain of his actions—so he’ll never do this again. NATO is being too cautious. Other countries are offering only talk. Ironically, the only group that seems to be trying to hit Putin back hard is a global collective of faceless hackers.
Anonymous, an international hacking collective that has conducted cyberattacks against governments and corporations, appeared to declare war against Putin and Russia due to its invasion of Ukraine…
“We want the Russian people to understand that we know it’s hard for them to speak out against their dictator for fear of reprisals,” the decentralized hacking collective said.
“We, as a collective want only peace in the world. We want a future for all of humanity. So, while people around the globe smash your internet providers to bits, understand that it’s entirely directed at the actions of the Russian government and Putin.” [Source: Fox News]
Since that announcement, Anonymous has taken credit for numerous cyberattacks against Russian military and government websites. They are promising to cripple Russia’s technical infrastructure smashing them “to bits.” Anonymous claims they are doing this to protect democracy and punish the Russian government “and Putin.”
We can’t predict how effective this network of hackers will be. The interesting thing about Anonymous is that they enlist the support of everyday people around the world. They can use cheap yet sophisticated software to shut down networks with DDOS attacks. The attacks, if launched from enough users, could not only crash websites and services but cause physical hardware to malfunction.
If this collective keeps up their attacks, over a long enough period of time, it could actually put a dent in Russia’s plans. A bad enough cyberattack could cripple vital data-collecting operations a modern army needs to launch attacks. On top of that, Anonymous is promising to wreak havoc on Russian civilian services. How long can Putin justify a war, if everything back home is going haywire?
While this might not be the best response to Putin’s attack, it is a better response we’ve seen from Biden. He dismissed Putin’s ambition last month and scrambled around doing damage control. Now, he talks big but has not been successful in checking Putin’s moves in the slightest.
Author: Moe Blow