The International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin in March of this year. The allegations against Putin revolve around accusations of committing atrocities against innocent Ukrainian citizens under the guise of war. In response to this move by the ICC, a group of state-funded cyber-criminals, known as “Killnet,” initiated a series of cyberattacks on the ICC with the aim of stealing sensitive documents.
These cyberattacks, which began last week, are ongoing and continue to disrupt the court’s servers. High-ranking officials suggest that these attacks will persist until the United Nations Security Council withdraws the arrest warrant against Putin.
The Dutch government has launched an inquiry to determine the origins of these cyberattacks, suspecting foreign involvement. They have sought the assistance of the Netherlands National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Ministry of Justice and Security.
The ICC holds the authority to investigate digital attacks related to war crimes. In addition to issuing an arrest warrant against Putin, the court has imposed sanctions on Russia under his leadership. However, it is important to note that such warrants and actions often hold symbolic value and have not resulted in successful prosecutions of national leaders on foreign soil.
The group behind these cyberattacks, Killnet, is believed to be a pro-Russian hacking group with a mission to disrupt critical infrastructure in adversary nations. Their primary goal is to create political instability by disrupting national infrastructure.
2. The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant against Russian President Vladimir Putin.
3. State-funded cyber-criminals known as “Killnet” launched cyberattacks on the ICC to steal sensitive documents.
4. The Dutch government has launched an inquiry and sought assistance from the NCSC and the Ministry of Justice and Security.
5. The ICC holds authority to investigate digital attacks related to war crimes, but successful prosecutions of national leaders on foreign soil have been rare.