A group of Ukrainian hackers created fake profiles of attractive women and used them to trick Russian soldiers into revealing the location of their military base, which they forwarded to Ukrainian authorities.
Nikita Knysh, an IT professional from Kharkiv wanted to put his skill to use to help defend his country when Russia invaded. So, he recruited 30 other hackers from across the country to form a group called ‘Hackyourmom’ to do just that.
The group undertook many hacking operations including hacking webcams to track Russian military movements, tricking Russian TV to play information about Ukrainian military casualties, bringing down Russian websites, canceling AirSerbia flights, and hacking and leaking the databases of Russian military contractors, according to the Financial Times.
Last month, the group used fake social media profiles of attractive women to trick Russian soldiers in a military base in Melitopol to send them photos from the front lines.
“The Russians, they always want to fuck. They send a lot of shit to ‘girls,’ to prove that they are warriors,” Knysh told the Financial Times.
Knysh and his team geolocated the photos that the Russian soldiers sent and forwarded the information to the Ukrainian military which they used to blow up the Russian military base.
A Ukrainian news outlet reported there was an explosion at a large Russian military base in Melitopol last month.
“For me, this felt like combat,” Knysh told the Financial Times. “With no money, with no brilliant software, and even no brilliant hacks — you can use fraudsters, the dark web against your enemy.”