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Hacker Group Hits Yacht-Tracking Sites; Schedules Putin A Trip To “Hell”

Hacker Group Hits Yacht-Tracking Sites; Schedules Putin A Trip To “Hell”

The hacker group known as Anonymous says they’ve sent Vladimir Putin a message through his yacht, or at least through the websites that track it and others. The message? F*ck Putin — and they’ve also scheduled him a trip to ‘hell’ aboard the luxurious craft.

Russian President Vladimir Putin stands on a board a yacht during a sail along Sydney Harbour, 07 September 2007, prior to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit opening. APEC’s 21 leaders will hold their annual meeting from 08 to 10 September. AFP PHOTO / RIA NOVOSTI / KREMLIN POOL / DMITRY ASTAKHOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY ASTAKHOV/AFP via Getty Images)

According to RawStory, reporters who noticed changes in the yacht’s call sign and location spoke to someone from AnonLeaks, an offshoot group of the hacker collective Anonymous, who said that they wanted to both “put the yacht in the scope of sanction packages,” and “put a little smile on some faces for a short period in these dark times.”

To that end, the hackers manipulated the system used to track ships, the Automatic Identification System, changing the call sign for Putin’s yacht from UBGV8 to FCKPTN.

AnonLeaks tweeted their own screenshots, showing that they had also charted a new trip for the dictator and his ship, and joking that they had “borrowed” Putin’s yacht but ran out of vodka and fuel.

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Here’s a closer look at one of their images — as you can see, the callsign listed for the yacht is “FCKPTN” and there’s a destination and estimated time of arrival listed: “HELL,” eta April 1st, 14:00, or 2pm.

[Image via AnonLeaks]

The date, of course, is April Fool’s Day, suggesting a reference to pranking, which mirrors the stated intent to amuse, but promising a dictator a trip to hell still carries its own meaning.

It’s not all they’re planning, either — according to AnonLeaks‘ blog, they’re taking up a role in attacking computer networks Russia relies on, including the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Kremlin, and Moscow State Services.

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