Ukrainian hackers have gained access to the website of Russia’s Wagner mercenary company and obtained the personal data of the mercenaries, Minister of Digital Transformation Mykhailo Fedorov said on his Telegram channel on Sept. 20.
“The website of the Wagner group, which recruits Russian prisoners for the war in Ukraine, has been hacked by the IT Army,” Federov’s message reads.
“We have all the personal data of mercenaries! Every executioner, murderer and rapist will face severe punishment. Revenge is inevitable!”
Ukraine’s IT Army is a group of computer specialists who battle with Russian hackers in cyberspace, disrupting the Kremlin’s information war against Ukraine and the West.
Earlier, the Russian news outlet SOTA reported that Wagner was forcibly recruiting prisoners from Russian prison colonies to be sent to the war against Ukraine. On Sept. 14, a video appeared on Telegram channels in which Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin, the reputed owner of Wagner, is seen telling prisoners in a Mordovian prison colony about Wagner, and inviting them to go to war in Ukraine.
According to the VotTak media outlet, Prigozhin has already recruited about 1,000 prisoners for Russia's war against Ukraine.