An unknown cause of unusual traffic jams in Russia
Notorious hacker group Anonymous said they ordered dozens of cars through the Yandex taxi app on the same route in central Moscow.
follow up edge, intruders drove dozens of passengers at once onto Kutuzovsky Prospekt, one of the main streets of the city. The incident, while not extreme, caused an unusual 40-minute snarl of traffic.
“We were hindered by attackers. Dozens of drivers received instructions to send fake cars to one place,” said a Yandex Taxi representative. In a separate statement to the state news agency TASS In Russia, Yandex said it adjusted its routing algorithm after the incident to prevent similar situations from occurring in the future. This is one of the first ride hailing app hacks.
Several Twitter accounts linked to Anonymous claim that the world-renowned hacking organization was behind the incident. One of the hackers, who asked not to be named, said the group worked with a volunteer organization that supports Ukraine in cyberspace to carry out the attack.
Yinx Taxi is a popular ride hailing app in Russia operating in 1000+ cities in Russia, Belarus, Moldova, Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan… Ivory Coast, Finland, Ghana and Norway called Yango. In 2020, Estonia banned Yandex Taxi on the grounds that the software’s user data must be shared with the Russian government.
In the past, Anonymous has claimed responsibility for attacks on several Russian government websites. A number of Russian websites have been removed, including Internet providers such as PTT-Teleport Moscow, Relcom, Sovam Teleport and Com2com. State broadcaster website RT news In late February, it was the victim of an attack that repeatedly disrupted service.
Anonymous is the world’s most popular hacking group, founded in 2003. via a platform call 4 channels. The group’s symbol is a headless man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, as in the film. V for Vendetta. Anonymous works decentrally, ie there is no manager or hierarchy in the organization.