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Anonymous claims responsibility for Moscow traffic jam linked with app exploit

On Thursday morning, Moscows busy Fili district became the website of a traffic jam unlike any before it. Motherboard (via The Verge) reports hackers used Russias Yandex Taxi ride-hailing app to order a large number of drivers to coverage on Kutuzovsky Prospekt, among the citys main thoroughfares. The act caused traffic on portion of the already congested street to come quickly to a standstill for approximately 40 minutes while Yandex worked to handle the problem.

On the morning of September 1st, Yandex Taxi encountered an effort by attackers to disrupt the service several dozen drivers received bulk orders to the Fili district of Moscow, a Yandex spokesperson told Motherboard. In another statement distributed to Russias state-owned TASS news agency, Yandex said it reworked its routing algorithm following attack to avoid similar incidents from occurring later on. The event is among the first known cases of hackers exploiting a ride-hailing app to produce a traffic jam.

Several Twitter accounts claiming affiliation with Anonymous say the hacktivist collective is behind the incident. On Friday, one Anonymous account said the group caused the IT Army of Ukraine, a volunteer organization formed in the beginning of the war, to handle the attack.

Anonymous previously claimed responsibility for a cyberattack that took down multiple Russian government websites, including those from the Kremlin and the Ministry of Defence. Confronted with this group of attacks that Ukraine has been experiencing the Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, we’re able to not help but support the Ukrainian people, the group said at that time.

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