Hackers changed the call sign of a Putin-linked superyacht to ‘FCKPTN’ and set the ship’s destination as ‘hell’

The yacht 'Graceful' of Russian President Vladimir Putin is moored at the port of Sochi, Russia, 13 July 2015.

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s superyacht seen moored on the port of Sochi, Russia, in 2015.Marcus Brandt/image alliance through Getty Photos

  • Members of the “hactivist” collective Nameless have messed with a superyacht believed to be owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • The hackers modified the yacht’s name signal to “FCKPTN” and the ship’s vacation spot to “hell.”

  • “Now Putin’s yacht is heading in the right direction!” the group posted on Twitter, claiming credit score for the hack.

The Nameless “hactivist” collective has messed with the decision signal of a superyacht mentioned to be owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The group claimed credit score on Tuesday for the hack, which concerned altering the decision signal of the vessel — named Sleek — to “FCKPTN” and altering the craft’s vacation spot to “hell.”

The Nameless group claimed credit score for the hack with a tweet studying: “Now Putin’s yacht is heading in the right direction! 😉 #FckPutin.”

At press time, monitoring info on the vessel seen on Marinetraffic.com confirmed that the superyacht’s name signal had been up to date to “ANONYMO” with “FCKPTN” being the boat’s vacation spot as a substitute.

The hackers mentioned they managed to drag off the hack by entering into the Automated Identification System, a vessel monitoring system, per reporting from unbiased journalist Ryan Gallagher.

The hackers instructed Gallagher that they wished to “put a bit of smile on some faces for a brief interval in these darkish instances.”

The Sleek superyacht is a luxurious craft believed to be price round $100 million. The 270-foot yacht left Hamburg, Germany, abruptly after the Russian invasion of Ukraine started on Thursday.

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