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Russian Prime Minister's Twitter Account Hacked By Mysterious Anti-Kremlin Group

Shaltai Boltai, which gained notoriety after posting leaks from Russian officials' computers, claimed responsibility and vowed to post more.

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Someone hacked Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's Twitter account on Thursday morning and announced his resignation.

"I resign, ashamed of gov actions", "Crimea is not ours, pls retweet". #Medvedev twitter account apparently hacked.

Paul Gypteau@paulgypteau

"I resign, ashamed of gov actions", "Crimea is not ours, pls retweet". #Medvedev twitter account apparently hacked.

9:48 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The hacked account saw Medvedev, who is in Crimea for a major speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin expected to draw a line under Russia's annexation of the peninsula, renounce Moscow's claim to it.

Today, #Medvedev's account was hacked. One of the tweets was "#Crimea is not ours, please retweet". #Russia

Jelena Prtoric@yellena_p

Today, #Medvedev's account was hacked. One of the tweets was "#Crimea is not ours, please retweet". #Russia

9:00 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

"Russian citizens should not suffer because the upper echelons of the country's leadership aren't in their right minds," the account wrote.

Аккаунт Дмитрия Медведева в Twitter взломали http://t.co/9ZF4MK0ibp

Look At Me@lookatme_news

Аккаунт Дмитрия Медведева в Twitter взломали http://t.co/9ZF4MK0ibp

10:12 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The account poked fun at Medvedev's love of tweeting and photography, hallmarks of when he kept the presidency warm for Putin from 2008 to 2012. The meek manner in which Medvedev stepped aside for Putin has made him a figure of derision since.

'I'll be a freelance photographer': Russian PM's Twitter account hacked http://t.co/ibXNB4suzM

RT@RT_com

'I'll be a freelance photographer': Russian PM's Twitter account hacked http://t.co/ibXNB4suzM

8:12 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Eventually, the tweets were deleted, but not before the account wrote, "I've wanted to say this for ages. Vova [Putin]! You're wrong!"

Twitter account of #Russian PM Medvedev was hacked this morning, now back to usual mode http://t.co/fUJEh3fW8D |EMPR

Euromaidan PR@EuromaidanPR

Twitter account of #Russian PM Medvedev was hacked this morning, now back to usual mode http://t.co/fUJEh3fW8D |EMPR

10:59 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The hackers then posted a photo they claimed had been taken from Medvedev's hacked iPhone. It appears to show a government meeting from the vantage point of where Medvedev would have chaired it.

Совершенно случайно эти интересные фото попали к нам. Видимо из личного айфона кем-то взломанного @MedvedevRussia

Shaltay Boltay@b0ltai

Совершенно случайно эти интересные фото попали к нам. Видимо из личного айфона кем-то взломанного @MedvedevRussia

8:27 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The group claimed it had obtained several of Medvedev's email accounts and data from three of his iPhones, and promised to release more later.

Несколько почтовых акков в том числе гмайл и содержимое трех айфонов некоего премьер-министра случайно попалось нам в сети Подробности позже

Shaltay Boltay@b0ltai

Несколько почтовых акков в том числе гмайл и содержимое трех айфонов некоего премьер-министра случайно попалось нам в сети Подробности позже

3:53 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Soon afterward, Shaltai Boltai, a mysterious group that posts compromising leaks from Kremlin officials' computers, email accounts, and phones, claimed responsibility. "The circus is over, the clowns have fled. Ban electricity! :)"

Цирк закончился клоуны разбежались. Запрещайте электричество )

Shaltay Boltay@b0ltai

Цирк закончился клоуны разбежались. Запрещайте электричество )

2:50 AM - 14 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Max Seddon is a correspondent for BuzzFeed World based in Berlin. He has reported from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and across the ex-Soviet Union and Europe. His secure PGP fingerprint is 6642 80FB 4059 E3F7 BEBE 94A5 242A E424 92E0 7B71

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