Hacker Gets Access To Russian Special Service Wallets And Transfers Funds To Ukraine

Hacking is an often misrepresented and misunderstood activity. Whenever you see them in the media (because I bet you don’t meet a lot of them in real life) they’re smashing a mechanical keyboard (the one that clicks loud) with a waterfall of green runes flying across their screen, saying “I’m in” moments later. You can be one of these hackers too!

But in reality, hackers must do a lot more work to get anywhere. Some hackers, like the one we’re talking about today, use their powers for good, like tapping into Russian Secret Service wallets and burning their funds or transferring them to Ukraine aid.

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Crypto can not only be used for buying things but for waging warfare against a terrorist state, as it turns out

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According to an April 26th report by American blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, an unknown vigilante used his skills to crack open almost 1000 Bitcoin wallets related to three Russian agencies, either making the funds disappear or transferring them for Ukrainian aid.

These agencies are the Foreign Military Intelligence Agency (GRU), Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), and Federal Security Service (FSB). They have been found responsible for various hacking and disinformation campaigns in the past, such as the SolarWinds hack, targeting US federal government data.

An unknown hacker accessed almost 1000 Bitcoin wallets belonging to Russian agencies and just deleted their funds or transferred them to Ukraine

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People greatly appreciated his actions, especially when some of the wallets in the hack were actually related to other digital assaults and disinformation campaigns

The anonymous vigilante used a feature of Bitcoin to destroy over $300k of Russian agency funds

Now as for how the unknown hacker did it, I won’t go into too much detail, but they essentially used a feature of Bitcoin, the OP_RETURN field, which can be used to write a message – which is then immortalized in the blockchain – along with a transaction, making any funds attached to a transaction disappear forever. You would only use this feature to send messages with tiny amounts of Bitcoin, but the hacker effectively destroyed over $300k worth of Bitcoin.

In the OP_RETURN messages, the hacker mentioned which special agency the funds were going from and to, simply adding “Used for hacking!” to the end.

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Although we can’t be 100% sure if the hacker’s allegations are legitimate, such a huge amount of money destroyed could corroborate the story

We cannot be sure if the hacker’s allegations are true. Bitcoin and other digital currency news website CoinDesk say that they reached out to those three Russian agencies GRU, SVR, and FSB for comments, but they did not reply (what a shock, I know!).

But considering the fact that the person destroyed hundreds of thousands of dollars just to send a message and that some of the wallets have actually been linked to Russian agencies in the past, it does lend some credence to the allegations.

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Most of the actions were done before the invasion of Ukraine, but when that happened, the hacker started funneling the funds towards war aid

All of this was done before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. After it began, the hacker started sending the money to be used for Ukrainian aid, rather than making it vanish into thin air.

It also has the added benefit of making the use of these addresses for similar purposes in the past much more difficult, as well as pointing out the fact that Russian cybersecurity isn’t as tight as they may have the world believe.

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Share your own thoughts about the story in the comments below! And don’t forget – glory to Ukraine, Slava Ukraini!

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