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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.
Switzerland has been the target of a wide-range of DDoS and Ransom Denial of Service (RDoS) attacks over the past week, resulting in network outages and the website for Swiss Federal Railway (SBB) going offline. Additionally, two of the country's largest retailers, Coop and Migros, had their websites taken down, preventing customers from accessing their sites.
The hacktivist group Anonymous launched an operation against the city of Denver, CO and its officials. Entitled OpRight2Rest, the operation is a response to the passing of the Denver Homeless Camping Ban.i Anonymous has threatened to launch DDoS attacks against the city institutes and authorities, as well as to extract and publish personal information of city officials.
The hacktivist group New World Hackers is currently targeting the capital and most populous city of Utah, Salt Lake City, as part of a new operation, OpAbdiMohamed. New World Hackers, the same group involved in OpAfrica, is now relying on cyber-assaults to bring attention to the shooting of a teenage boy, Abdi Mohamed. Abdi Mohamed is a 17-year-old that was shot by Salt Lake City police while holding a broomstick.