The hacktivist collective Anonymous allegedly broke into the systems of one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, Sberbank. The attackers announced on social media that they released thousands of emails, phone numbers and addresses.

According to reports, anonymous hackers gain access to the Sberbank database

Decentralized hacking group Anonymous claims to have hacked Sberbank. A Twitter account @YourAnonOne associated with the collective announced the attack earlier this week, noting that the institution is the largest bank in the Russian Federation and the Eastern Europe region.

Headquartered in Moscow, Sberbank, currently called Sber, is a majority state-owned banking and financial services company with presence in several European countries, mainly in the post-Soviet space. Western sanctions imposed over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have hampered its operations. At the end of February, Sberbank Europe announced that it was leaving the European market.

A tweet from another account linked to Anonymous detailed that the hackers acquired and leaked 5,030 emails, addresses and phone numbers from the compromised database. Sberbank, which is said to hold around a third of all bank assets in Russia, has not yet commented on these claims.

The post redirects to an archive containing five Excel files, crypto news outlet Forklog reported on Friday. They contain information on the bank’s free safe deposit boxes as of June 14, 2016, an ownership register and partner appraisers, a list of the types of futures contracts traded, and a blank template for a certificate of ownership status and ongoing obligations.

Shortly after Russian forces crossed the Ukrainian border in late February, Anonymous declared a cyberwar against Russia and vowed to disrupt the country’s internet. Since then, it has targeted the websites of the Kremlin, the State Duma and the Defense Ministry, attacked Russian TV stations and published millions of leaked emails.

In March, the hacktivist collective announced that it had released 28 GB of documents belonging to the Central Bank of Russia, including some of the monetary authority’s “secret agreements”. In early May, Anonymous-affiliated hacking group Network Battalion 65 (NB65) announced that it had attacked popular Russian payment processor Qiwi.

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Lubomir Tasev

Lubomir Tassev is a journalist from tech-savvy Eastern Europe who likes Hitchen’s quote: “Being a writer is what I am, not what I do.” Along with crypto, blockchain and fintech, international politics and business are two other sources of inspiration.

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