Russian Hackers Target M142 Rocket Systems

10766572081?profile=RESIZE_400xDuring the current proxy ‘WWIII,’ Russia and Ukraine continue to battle on the cyber side of the war between the two nations.  Both sides have launched cyber-attacks against each other in offensive ways, such as Russian threat actors taking over radio stations to spread misinformation of Ukraine’s President.  Current events show that the hacking might be getting a lot more serious and could cost more lives.

Pro-Russia hacking groups claim that they have developed "a new type of attack" that can target the Lockheed Martin produced M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS).  A Russian website named Life reported that a cyberattack was executed by the Killnet and Killmilk groups earlier this week.  The groups said the rocket systems have shifted the balance of the war and claim they are responsible for thousands of deaths in Russia.  They made this statement through Life:  "The notorious HIMARS multiple launch rocket systems, supplied to Ukraine by the aforementioned military-industrial corporation, allow the criminal authorities of the Kiev regime to kill civilians, destroy the infrastructure and social facilities of the still temporarily occupied Ukraine."

This is an interesting claim, since Russia attacked the Ukraine over 170 days ago and is still targeting civilians and non-military targets and stealing Ukrainian grain stores and selling them on the international market.  They also directly blame Lockheed Martin, calling the US defense contractor an "actual sponsor of world terrorism."  The HIMARS missiles are about as scary as the Russians describe.  Each one carries six GPS-guided missiles that have a range of 50 miles.  They can be reloaded in one minute with a small crew of only a driver, gunner, and launcher section chief.

Senior Western military officials have described the missiles as a "gamechanger" for Ukraine in the fight against Russia.  The US has promised Ukraine up to 16 of these units.

In July 2022, a senior US defense official said HIMARS missiles were used to destroy more than 100 high-value Russian targets, which consist of ammunition depots, command-and-control sites, and other targets such as critical bridges in the Kherson region.    

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