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'Jester' the Hacker Takes On Russian Ministry's Website

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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova. (Kirill Kallinikov/Sputnik via AP)

By    |   Monday, 24 Oct 2016 06:34 AM

'Jester' the hacker, described as an American cyber vigilante, took on the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry by defacing its website in return for alleged Russian attacks on U.S. sites.

The hack also appeared to be a response to U.S. claims that Russia had hacked into the Democratic National Committee website in an effort to sway the election, reported CNN.

"Comrades! We interrupt regular scheduled Russian Foreign Affairs Website programming to bring you the following important message," the Jester wrote on MID.ru, the website for the ministry which is equivalent to the U.S. Department of State. "Knock it off. You may be able to push around nations around you, but this is America. Nobody is impressed."

The hacker told CNN he targeted Russia because he was upset over a cyberattack that knocked out a portion of the Internet in the U.S. Friday.

"I wanted to poke them in the eye and stop feeling like U.S. is just taking it on the chin. Again," the Jester told CNN. "I'm not gonna sit around watching these f****** laughing at us."

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the website was never taken down despite the hack, according to RT.com.

"The website of the Russian Foreign Ministry, which had been reportedly penetrated by an American hacker, according to CNN, is and has been functioning normally," Zakharova said. "(The website page is) subjected to regular attacks, which skyrocketed after 2013."

The Jester appeared to brag about the Russian ministry hack on Twitter.

 

Information security expert Pierluigi Paganini wrote on the website Security Affairs that the Jester's attack is part of a continued cyberattack war being waged by hacktivists with various interests.

"There aren't only nation state actors involved in the battle, there are also hacktivists and patriotic hackers that could power cyberattacks against the adversary," Paganini wrote for Security Affairs. "… The hack was not so complicated for the expert hacker that has found a flaw in the website and exploited it to hack the Russian government portal."

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'Jester' the hacker, described as an American cyber vigilante, took on the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry by defacing its website in return for alleged Russian attacks on U.S. sites.
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