MADRID, Sep 5. (Portaltic/EP) –
The cybercriminal group known as anonymous The attack has been attributed to a mobility services application called YandexTaxi, similar to those of Uber and Cabify, which has resulted in a large traffic jam in the center of Moscow (Russia).
The events took place last Thursday, September 1, in the Fili district of the Russian capital, where Hundreds of vehicles gathered some white and others yellow, belonging to the application’s fleet.
Specifically, the drivers took these cars to Kutuzovsky Prospeckt, which runs from east to west and leads to the city center. This road, which has up to eight lanes in some sections, was completely paralyzed.
Due to this collapse, hundreds of those affected recorded the traffic originated by the group of cybercriminals who, according to media such as Vice, issued a notice to all the workers and associates of the platform to go to the same point.
??#Moscow had a stressful day yesterday. The largest taxi service in Russia ‘Yandex Taxi’ was hacked by the #Anonymous collective. A traffic jam took place in the center of Moscow when dozens of taxis were sent by the hackers to the address on Kutuzovsky Prospekt. #OpRussia pic.twitter.com/6fp1hp0f7r
— Anonymous TV ???? (@YourAnonTV) September 2, 2022
The spokeswoman for Yandex Taxi, Polina Pestova, has acknowledged in statements collected by The Verge that “the traffic jam lasted less than an hour and the algorithm to prevent such attacks has already been improved to prevent similar incidents in the future.”
As this medium recalls, Moscow is in second place on the list of cities most congested by traffic. However, this bottleneck It wouldn’t have been accidental but it would have been planned in advance.
Although the affected company is working to clarify who carried out the attack, the group of cybercriminals known as Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the events, as it has suggested through its account Twitter.
In this ‘retweet’ of a video in which long lines of vehicles appear on the roads of Moscow, Anonymous has indicated that it carried out this attack jointly with the Ukrainian IT Army as part of the #OpRussia cyber campaign.