Hackers have caused a huge traffic jam in Moscow after they succeeded in hacking the Russian Uber-like Yandex Taxi, calling dozens of taxis to the same location at the same time.
The attack took place on 1 September and traffic towards "Kutuzovsky Prospekt" - an already busy street - came to a standstill.
A video clip showing taxi lines apparently trying to reach the same destination was widely shared on Twitter and Reddit on Thursday.
Moscow is notorious for its heavy traffic - it ranked second as the world's busiest city last year - but the incident was not related to the capital's usual traffic patterns.
Someone hacked #YandexTaxi and ordered all available taxis to Kutuzov Prospect in Moscow
Now there is a huge traffic jam with taxis.
It's like James Bond movie.
— Russian Market (@runews) September 1, 2022
On the morning of September 1, Yandex Taxi faced an attempt by the attackers to disrupt the service. Dozens of drivers received bulk orders to a designated area, Fili, outside central Moscow along Kutuzovsky Prospekt, a major road from southwest to central Moscow.
The passenger delivery service, owned by Russian internet giant Yandex, said the congestion lasted about 40 minutes, and that "the algorithm for detecting and preventing such attacks has already been improved to prevent similar incidents in the future."
Anonymous claims the attack
Yandex did not confirm the identity of the perpetrators of the attack, but the hacking group Anonymous claimed responsibility for the traffic jam on Twitter.
She says she worked with the "Information Technologies of Ukraine" army, an organized group of hacking activists that Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister Mikhailo Fedorov helped form when Russia invaded Ukraine.
JUST IN: #Anonymous has confirmed that the attack on the Yandex Taxi app was carried out in cooperation with the IT Army of Ukraine, as part of the #OpRussia cyber campaign.
— Anonymous TV 🇺🇦 (@YourAnonTV) September 2, 2022
Anonymous declared "cyber warfare" against Russia earlier this year and later claimed to have hacked Russian TV channels.
Since then, hacking activists have leaked large batches of data and emails from government agencies and major companies in the country as part of an ongoing cyber campaign against Russia.
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