Vladimir Putin's yacht, Graceful, appears to have a different call sign on a few yacht tracking websites.
As Russian oligarch yachts are being tracked around the world, Putin's luxury boat typically has the call sign UBGV8, according to FleetMon.
But on another website, MarineTraffic, Bloomberg reporter Ryan Gallagher and Good Pillow CEO William LeGate noticed that someone changed the call sign to FCKPTN and its current maritime position is "Hell."
Gallagher tweeted that it was an offshoot group from the hackers Anonymous known as The Anon Leaks,
They "told me they did it by manipulating the maritime 'Automatic Identification System,' which is used to track ship locations," he tweeted. "They said they wanted to put the yacht in the scope of sanction packages as well as 'put a little smile on some faces for a short period in these dark times.'"
The website VesselTracker lists the call sign as ANONYMO.
The yacht left Germany in early February after there were warnings of sanctions.
RUSSIAN SUPERYACHT: GO FUCK YOURSELF! #Anonymous #OpRussia #StandWithUkrainepic.twitter.com/wsNlrzjHMm— Anonleaks\ud83d\udce1 (@Anonleaks\ud83d\udce1) 1646002403
Hackers have manipulated the official callsign of Putin\u2019s $100 million personal yacht to \u201cFCKPTN\u201d and changed its current maritime position to \u201chell\u201d pic.twitter.com/Sl2xLNakfv— LeGate \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@LeGate \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1646006722
Putin reportedly has a $97 million luxury yacht called "Graceful". A group of Anonymous hackers on Saturday figured out a way to mess with maritime traffic data & made it look like the yacht had crashed into Ukraine's Snake Island, then changed its destination to "hell":pic.twitter.com/Ch53lcG7D6— Ryan Gallagher (@Ryan Gallagher) 1645996257
They changed the yacht's destination to "hell", "anonymous" & "anonleaks" & also changed its call sign to "FCKPTN". They said they wanted to put the yacht in the scope of sanction packages as well as "put a little smile on some faces for a short period in these dark times"— Ryan Gallagher (@Ryan Gallagher) 1645996259
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