Inside The Ukrainian ‘Hacktivist’ Network Cyberbattling The Kremlin

Christopher Miller reports:

KYIV — Dressed in a black sweater and equally nondescript turtleneck, with wisps of raven hair corkscrewing from under a black baseball cap, the lanky Ukrainian introduces himself in accented English as “Sean.”

Sean Townsend is his chosen pseudonym on Facebook, complemented by images of the notorious Guy Fawkes mask of hacker group Anonymous and the Ukrainian coat of arms. Before Sean, he was “Ross Hatefield,” until the world’s leading social network banned that account for impersonation.

In hacker circles, he is better known as RUH8 — pronounced “roo-hate” to express his aversion to all things Russian.

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