Ukrainian hackers buy sex toys with the account of a Russian army influencer

A collective of Ukrainian hacktivists has taken over the AliExpress account of a Russian army blogger. While the latter was using it to control drones, the hackers spent 23,000 euros on sex toys.

This may not be the help the Russians were expecting. On April 3, a collective of Ukrainian hackers hacked into the military donation site of a Russian blogger. Instead of receiving the much-requested drones, the hacktivists ordered more than 23,000 euros worth of sex toys from the influencer’s address.

Mikhail Luchin is a propagandist present on the front in Ukraine to relay false information and call on the Russians to send money for the army. Russia, like Ukraine, relies heavily on this aid, primarily to buy commercial drones which will then be used by the military in their operations. These donations are all the more important since DJI, the market leader, has banned the sale of its devices in both countries. Mikhail Luchin therefore regularly relays orders from e-commerce sites.

Mikhail Luchin alongside Vladen Tatarsky, another blogger who died in an explosion on April 2 in St-Petersburg. // Source: Cyber ​​Partisan

Cyber ​​Resistance, a collective of Ukrainian hacktivists, attacked the influencer’s Aliexpress account, managing to take control of his login details and bank details. The method is not specified, it may be information recovered through a leak or from phishing. The pirates then had fun ordering sex toys on the famous Chinese site for an amount of 23,000 euros. Captures of the account as well as purchases were posted on their Telegram channel. “Now, instead of drones, he will have to send trucks full of vibrators, strap-ons, and other things very valuable to the Russian people,” the claim reads.

Sex toy orders on Mikhail Luchin’s AliExpress account. // Source: Cyber ​​Partisan

Essential drones on the frontline

Mikhail Luchin has confirmed that his email and AliExpress account was hacked by the Ukrainians, but says he managed to recover most of the money spent.

The Russian-led war in Ukraine is the first conflict involving so many hacktivists in cyberspace. Generally, the actions are most often limited to denial of service attacks – also called DDoS – to disrupt a government site, but some actions are more concrete. Jokes aside, drones are essential equipment on the front lines, and hacks like this can have a huge impact on a brigade.

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