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Ukrainian hackers pretended to be girls on social networks and learned the secrets of the Russian military

Ukrainian hackers created fake accounts of attractive women to force Russian soldiers to send them photos with their location, reports Insider.

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A few days later the base was blown up.

Nikita Knysh, a 30-year-old IT specialist from Kharkiv, said that when the Russian invasion began in February this year, he wanted to use his hacking skills to help his country.

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He recruited other hackers and founded a group called Hackyourmom, which now consists of 30 hackers from across the country.

Last month, he said they had deceived Russian soldiers in Melitopol by creating fake accounts and pretending to be attractive women on several social networks, including Telegram.

The hackers were able to get to know the Russian soldiers and eventually convince them to send photos of them at the front.

“Russians always want sex,” Knysh said in an interview. “They send a lot of crap to the ‘girls’ to prove they are warriors.”

After the soldiers sent in the photos, the hackers were able to determine that they were taken at a remote Russian military base near occupied Melitopol in southern Ukraine.

They passed the information to the Ukrainian military, and a few days later the base was attacked.

“My first thought was, I'm effective, I can help my country,” said another member of the Hackyourmom team, identified only as Maxim. “Then I realized I wanted more—I wanted to find more bases over and over again.”

Ukrainian news website Ukrayinska Pravda last month reported an explosion at a major Russian military base in Melitopol, citing its mayor Ivan Fedorov.

Ukrainian officials declined to discuss the role of the hackers in the attack on the military base.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine sparked an unprecedented cyber war as hackers from both sides launched attacks.

At the start of the invasion, Ukraine’s digital minister asked civilians with “digital talents” to join the country’s “IT army.”

During military celebrations of Victory Day in Russia in May, major Russian TV channels were hacked to show anti-war messages.

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Knysh said his team was also involved in other hacks, including leaking databases of Russian military contractors and tricking Russian TV channels into playing news clips about Ukrainian civilian casualties.

“It felt like a fight to me,” Knysh said. “Without money, without brilliant software and even without brilliant hacks, you can use the dark web against your enemy.”

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