Hacking collective Anonymous claims it has hacked Russia's Central Bank

As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues to the condemnation of the world, the cyberwar is also continuing with Anonymous claiming a new high-profile scalp.

The hacking collective announced on its Twitter account that it had hacked Russia's Central Bank and that 35,000 files would be released within 48 hours "with secret agreements".

It follows reports that the bank's governor, Elvira Nabiullina, had attempted to resign following the invasion of Ukraine.

Instead, her offer was rejected and President Vladimir Putin nominated her for a third term in the role.

That leaves Nabiullina trying to keep the economy flowing despite a raft of sanctions imposed by other countries, with many companies pulling out of Russia.

She has already doubled interest rates to more than 20 percent in a bid to boost the ruble's value, as well as shutting down the stock market.

Anonymous, and other closely aligned hacker groups, have been targeting Russian assets and more since Putin's troops first entered Ukraine.

On Thursday they repeated their call for international companies continuing to operate in Russia to pull out immediately.

"Although some companies have responded to our request to stop their activities in Russia, there are still companies that refuse to leave Russia.

"Our last call is clear: Stop operating in Russia immediately if you have little mercy left for the massacred children in Ukraine," their tweet said.

"Immediately stop your activity in Russia if you feel sorry for the innocent people who are being massacred violently in Ukraine," said another.

"Your time is running out. We do not forgive. We do not forget."

Earlier this week GhostSec, part of the Anonymous collective, hacked printers in Russia to print out over 10,000 anti-Putin and anti-war messages.

"This isn't your war. This is your government's war," the message said.

"Your brothers and sisters are being lied to, some units think they're practicing military drills, however when they arrive to what they think is a drill they're greeted by bloodthirsty Ukrainians who want redemption and revenge from the damage that Putin's puppets cause upon the land."

Anonymous had previously hacked Russian television for the same purposes.

"The hacking collective Anonymous hacked into the Russian streaming services Wink and Ivi (like Netflix) and live TV channels Russia 24, Channel One, Moscow 24 to broadcast war footage from Ukraine," the group said at the time.