Anonymous claims responsibility for Moscow traffic jam tied to app exploit

On Thursday morning, Moscow’s busy Fili district became the scene of a traffic jam like never before. (above ) reports that hackers used Russian ride-hailing app Yandex Taxi to order dozens of drivers to cover Kutuzovsky Prospekt, one of the city’s main thoroughfares. The act caused traffic to stop on part of the already congested road for about 40 minutes while Yandex worked to fix the situation.

“On the morning of September 1, Yandex Taxi encountered an attempt by attackers to disrupt service – several dozen drivers received collection orders for Moscow’s Fili district,” said a Yandex spokesman motherboard. In a separate statement shared with Russia’s state-run news agency TASS, Yandex said it revised its routing algorithm after the attack to prevent similar incidents in the future. The event is one of the first known instances of hackers exploiting a ridesharing app to create a traffic jam.

Several Twitter accounts claiming affiliation with Anonymous say the hacktivist collective was behind the incident. On Friday one said the group worked with the , a volunteer organization formed early in the war, to carry out the attack.

Anonymous previously claimed responsibility for a cyberattack belonging to the Kremlin and the Defense Ministry, among others. “In the face of this series of attacks that Ukraine is suffering under Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, we could not help but support the Ukrainian people,” the group said at the time.

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