A bloke calling himself the Jester after a comic book anti-hero gained access to the Russian government ministry’s website. And he left a message: Stop attacking Americans.
“Comrades! We interrupt regular scheduled Russian Foreign Affairs Website programming to bring you the following important message. Knock it off. You may be able to push around nations around you, but this is America. Nobody is impressed.”
MID.ru is the official website of the Russian agency that is in charge of maintaining that country’s international diplomacy — equivalent to the US Department of State.
Russian intelligence agencies have been accused of hacking into Democratic National Committee emails and the sites of other Democratic Party-linked organisations, leaking damning information to Wikileaks to sway the election away from Hillary Clinton.
Russia and President Vladimir Putin have denied involvement. But Jester said he knew better.
“Let’s get real, I know it’s you, even if by-proxy, and you know it’s you. Now, get to your room. Before I lose my temper.”
Jester has previous form in political hacking circles. He has taken down jihadist websites, hacking into communication forums, and identifying potential terrorist threats. Ex-FBI agents, who clearly have not read many comics have called him “the Batman of the internet”.
Jester said he chose to attack Russia out of frustration for the massive DNS cyberattack that knocked out a portion of the internet in the United States on Friday.
“I wanted to poke them in the eye and stop feeling like US is just taking it on the chin. Again, I’m not gonna sit around watching these fuckers laughing at us.”