Blackjack Strikes Back: Hacktivists Wipe Russian ISP M9com in Cyber Reprisal

Hacktivists hit back! ‘Blackjack’ dealt a cyber blow to Moscow’s M9com in a cheeky tit-for-tat for Kyivstar’s hacking hassle. Russian servers are reeling—data wiped, secrets spilled. Stay tuned for their next digital duel!

Hot Take:

Well, well, well, if it isn’t the cyber equivalent of “I know you are, but what am I?” Blackjack hacktivists have decided that turnabout is fair play, and they’re dealing out a hand of digital retribution to Russia’s M9com. It’s like watching a high-stakes game of poker, except the chips are gigabytes of data and the poker faces are, well, faceless. And in this game, the house doesn’t always win.

Key Points:

  • Blackjack hacktivists hit back at Russia’s M9com in response to the Kyivstar attack.
  • The sneaky breach began way back in May, setting the stage for a December data demolition derby.
  • Blackjack claims they’ve wiped servers, swiped data, and given M9com a digital defacement.
  • M9com has gone radio silent, leaving Blackjack’s claims unchecked by the victim.
  • Recovery looks like a beast since backups got nuked too, and Blackjack hints this is just the opening act.

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Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold... and Digitally

They say revenge is a dish best served cold, but in the digital age, it's served over encrypted channels and by wiping servers clean. The hacktivist group Blackjack isn't playing around, dishing out what they consider just desserts to M9com for the attack on Ukraine's largest telecom operator. The digital tit-for-tat is more riveting than a binge-worthy spy thriller, with the added bonus of real-world consequences.

A Hacktivist's Guide to Announcing Your Exploits

When you've hacked your way into the enemy's camp and caused chaos, what do you do? Announce it on Telegram, of course! Because if you didn't post it, did it even happen? Blackjack took to the messaging platform, not just to brag about their conquest but also to share snapshots of their digital loot. It's like Robin Hood going on Instagram to show off the riches he stole from the Sheriff of Nottingham, except with more ZIP files and less archery.

Never Bring a DDoS to a Data Wipe Fight

While many hacktivists are content with the digital equivalent of egging a house with DDoS attacks, Blackjack is playing the long game – total data annihilation. It's like the difference between a prank call and stealing someone's mailbox. Sure, both are nuisances, but one takes a lot more effort to fix. And when it comes to cyberattacks, effort equals impact.

Ghosting: Not Just for Your Ex Anymore

M9com's response to the alleged breach is like that person you dated once and then never heard from again. BleepingComputer reached out, but M9com's response was as empty as the calories in a diet soda. It's 2023, and ghosting has transcended the dating world; it's now a viable PR strategy for hacked companies, it seems.

The Series Premier of Cyber Vengeance

Blackjack has hinted that this is just episode one of their revenge saga against Russian cyberattacks. They're promising a "big bada-boom," which sounds like either the climax of an action movie or the world's worst onomatopoeia. But in the world of cybersecurity, it's a cliffhanger that has both IT professionals and popcorn-munching spectators on the edge of their seats.

Plot Twist: The Insiders

And in a twist no one saw coming, except maybe everyone, the Blackjack group might just have an inside man, or rather, inside men. Rumors suggest they're in cahoots with Ukraine's very own SBU. It's the kind of plot development that makes you question the nature of hacktivism, and whether this is less of a Robin Hood story and more of a James Bond narrative. Only time, and perhaps the next thrilling announcement on Telegram, will tell.

Tags: confidential data leak, cyberattack retribution, data breach, Hacktivism, pro-Ukraine group, Russian Hackers, Telecommunications