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Worldwide gaming leader Blizzard suffered a major DDoS attack on April
13th 2016, denying players of World of Warcraft, Diablo 3, StarCraft 2
and Hearthstone from playing these online favorites. The hacktivist
group The Lizard Squad claimed responsibility.
With the stated goal of "erasing Israel from the internet" in protest against claimed crimes against the Palestinian people, Anonymous will launch its yearly operation against Israel. Named OpIsrael, it is a cyber-attack timed for April 7th by an array of hacktivist groups that join forces with the greater Anonymous collective. For this year's attack, hackers have provided tools and technical guidance for the execution of OpIsrael.
Since our previous ERT alert outlining the potential cyber-attack against Donald Trump on April fool’s day, the presidential candidate was eventually hit and online entities of key Trump properties were taken offline as of Friday, April 1st 2016. The day before, members of the Anonymous collective stated that the planned attack on Donald Trump was a ploy and symbolically planned for April 1st to gain public attention for the operation. Shortly after the paste was posted, another Anonymous member posted a paste to Ghostbin disregarding the previous paste and announcing OpTrump2016 and their plans to DDoS Donald Trump’s website.
Hackers assaulted the website of the Philippines’ elections commission to protest both the integrity of the upcoming presidential elections in addition to security concerns regarding the electronic voting. The website was hacked and defaced on Sunday, March 27th by AnonymousPH, and a few hours later was assaulted by another group of hackers - LulzSec Pilipinas – which hacked and dumped the database of COMELEC voter’s polls.
Donald Trump and his presidential campaign has gained a new round of attention from the Anonymous collective. Throughout March, a planned cyber-assault against the presidential candidate provoked a debate within the US Anonymous community over political affiliation. The original intention was to attack Donald Trump and “erase his online footprint.” While some groups chose to remain unaffiliated, others – such as RedCult - still plan to launch cyber-attacks against the presidential candidate, threatening to re-launch Anonymous’s previous OpTrump campaign that took place in December of 2015. This alert outlines the development of the events, describes the intentions and capabilities of the parties involved, and recommends steps of prevention and mitigation.
The online editions of Sweden’s media elite were knocked offline for several hours on March 19th. Hackers were able to cripple the media organizations with volumetric DDoS attacks, resulting in 3 hours of downtime for several media outlets, including Dagens Nyheter, Svenska Dagbladet, Expressen, Aftonbladet, and others.
Web and cloud service providers, which have faced an increased likelihood of being attacked since 2015, are now the target of a global cyber campaign that has stricken several Web and cloud hosting companies for nearly a month. Since the beginning of February, Radware identified an ongoing cyber-assault that has targeted hosting providers in the UK. Since then, activity has grown and several other companies from various locations around the globe have experienced long-term outages as a result of denial of service attacks.