Massive attack by Russian hackers against Banksy auction to benefit Ukraine

Bid organizers reported that there were around 3,500 attacks on addresses of Russian internet devices.

An auction of Banksy works to raise funds to help victims of the Russian invasion of Ukraine was attacked by hackers from Russia, event organizers said Tuesday.

The bid, announced by the Legacy of War Foundation, concerns 50 serigraphs by the British artist, estimated at between 5,550 euros and 6,100 dollars (from 100,000 to 115,000 pesos).

The work represents a white mouse with its hooves tearing a piece of cardboard with the inscription «Fragile». No buyer can acquire more than one copy, numbered and with a certificate of authenticity.

“More than a million requests were received” to participate in the auction, but the portal had to face “3,500 IP attacks [direcciones de los dispositivos de internet] Russians,” the association said, adding that it will communicate “quickly” who the chosen buyers were.

“I made 50 screen prints and all the profits will go to our friends in Ukraine,” Banksy, a sought-after street artist whose true identity is unknown, had indicated on Instagram.