Yandex Taxi is however owned and operated by Russia’s largest IT corporation Yandex. Yandex is the equivalent of the Russian Google.
Europe has thus far sanctioned the company’s co-founder Arkady Volozh, because of accusations that Yandex is “de-ranking and removing content critical of the Kremlin, such as content related to Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine.”
No one yet knows for sure who was behind the Yandex Taxi hack. However the Twitter page of Anonymous TV has taken responsibility claiming the Anonymous Collective was the initiator of the cyber attack. It further claimed the breach was part of a more extensive hacking campaign against Russia dubbed ‘OpRussia.’
Russia’s cyber policy expert Oleg Shakirov stated that the hackers likely bypassed Yandex’s security and generated several fake requests that directed drivers to simultaneously go to the same location.
So far the Russian military’s warfare on Ukraine has included cyber attacks against Ukrainian government websites and affiliated organizations. These have been executed through various malware including but not limited to activating a data-wiping program dubbed HermeticWiper.
In February 2022, Russia launched several DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks which temporarily forced government websites to go offline. DDoS attacks barrage websites with junk traffic so they become unreachable.
These attacks were further made against countries supporting Ukraine, seeing government websites in Finland, Italy, Romania, Germany, Norway, and Lithuania, as well as websites in Czechia, Latvia, and elsewhere, suffer the consequences.