The founder and leader of the crowdsourced pro-Russian hacktivists Killnet announced his plans to leave the group after an upcoming hack and leak operation against Lockheed Martin. (Photo by Alexander Vilf – Host Photo Agency via Getty Images )
The founder and leader of the crowdsourced pro-Russian hacktivists Killnet announced his plans to leave the group after an upcoming hack and leak operation against Lockheed Martin.
Killnet is part of a new breed of cyberwarfare that emerged during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. While less surgical and less successful than their opposition equivalent, the I.T. Army of Ukraine, both are civilian groups disrupting non-combat organizations to pressure adversarial nations. Killnet is best known for DDoS attacks against a Connecticut airport, institutions in Lithuania and Norway and the official website of the U.S. Congress, which it took down for around two hours.
“Killnet has said in their statements on their Telegram channel and side channels the founder, KillMilk is moving on to protect the group, which I read as protecting them from law enforcement protection,” said Bryce Webster-Jacobsen, director of intelligence operations at threat intel firm Groupsense. “I don’t buy that explanation.”
The posts point Killnet members to new KillMilk channels where KillMilk claims to be starting a new group, so it does not appear that KillMilk is outright retiring. “Most likely,” said Webster-Jacobsen, “This is an attempt to distance himself from international attention being paid to the group after the Lockheed operation — an attempt to distance