After the first half of 2022 H1 Global Threat Analysis Report published by Radware last week, cyber attacks have increased and evolved as a result of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Here are two of the key takeaways:
DDoS attacks are increasing dramatically – The first six months of 2022 were marked by a significant increase in DDoS activity around the world. Attacks ranged from cases of hacktivism to terabit attacks in Asia and the United States.
- The number of malicious DDoS attacks increased by 203% compared to the first six months of 2021.
- There were 60% more malicious DDoS events in the first six months of 2022 than in all of 2021.
- In May 2022, Radware defused a volumetric carpet bombing attack that represented a total volume of 2.9 PB. The attack lasted 36 hours and peaked at 1.5 Tbps with a sustained attack rate of more than 700 Gbps for more than eight hours. The combination of duration, volume, and average/sustained attack rates makes this one of the most significant DDoS attacks of all time.
Patriotic hacktivism is on the rise – In the first half of 2022, patriotic hacktivism increased dramatically.
- Both established and newly formed pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian cyber legions aimed to disrupt and wreak havoc through information theft and disclosure, defacements and denial-of-service attacks.
- DragonForce Malaysia, a hacktivist operation that targeted organizations in the Middle East in 2021, returned in 2022. Her recent campaigns have been political responses to national events. OpsBedil Reloaded took place after events in Israel and OpsPatuk was launched in response to public statements by a high profile political figure in India.
- Major information and communication networks in the Philippines, including CNN, news network ABS-CBN, Rappler and VERA Files, were the target of DDoS attacks in connection with the country’s 2022 general election.
DO OTHER CYBER THREAT REPORTS SHOW THE SAME?
If you think this is just one vendor reporting these dramatic increases in DDoS attacks, take a look at this article by The registry entitled “Google blocks third record-breaking DDoS attack in as many months”: “Google says it blocked the largest HTTPS-based distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever in June, involving It peaked at 46 million requests per second.
“To put things in perspective, this is approximately 76 percent larger than the previous record-breaking DDoS attack that Cloudflare thwarted earlier that same month.
“As Google contributors Emil Kiner and Satya Konduru explain, ‘It’s like getting all daily queries to Wikipedia (one of the top 10 most visited websites in the world) in just 10 seconds.'”
Additionally, earlier this month, Lumen issued a press release that revealed, “Lumen Stops a 1.06 Tbps DDoS Attack in Company’s Largest Defense Yet”: “Size wasn’t the only notable element of the failed attack; It was also part of a larger campaign in which the threat actor attempted to utilize multiple techniques. These techniques are referred to in the report as emerging trends in Q2.”
One more. consider it Politically Report describing how the Office of the President in Taiwan was hit by an attack prior to Nancy Pelosi’s visit there on August 2: “The attack occurred hours before Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was due to visit Taiwan. The Chinese government threatened to take action to respond to the trip, and Taiwan is reportedly preparing air raid shelters in anticipation of a possible Chinese attack. …
“Taiwan Presidential Office spokesman Chang Tun-Han confirmed the DDoS attack on the office in a post on Facebook, noting that the DDoS attack consisted of 200 times more website traffic than normal and one group from outside of Taiwan.”
WIDER HACKTIVISM TOPICS NEXT
In 2016, I first began to see this hacktivism issue becoming an increasingly serious problem. In this article, I described how hacktivism has become a mainstream force affecting millions of lives worldwide. Hacking for a cause has now become a weapon well beyond the confines of antisocial misfits. From the Democratic National Committee (DNC) email hack to the Panama Papers, a wave of new hacktivisms are now the leading anti-establishment online tool to reach a variety of causes around the world.
The same topic was picked up by the next year TechCrunch. They wrote: “Regardless of whether you can relate to any of these cyber analogies, hacking for a cause will explode into a complex set of challenges for state and local governments.
“It looks like we’ve now entered a new period in which ‘hackers with a cause’ will shape global dialogue on everything from international relations to financial reporting to local politics in the same way protesters have Issues such as civil rights and climate change have shaped it in the past.
“In one sentence: Hacktivism becomes the new, digital ‘March on Washington, DC'”
Earlier this year, I wrote this article about how “hacktivism against states after the fall of Roe v. Wade grows”.
In another article on the same topic state border covered these trends in more detail in an article titled, “Abortion rights hacktivists slam states with bans”: “A pro-abortion hacktivist group says it has launched cyberattacks against the Arkansas and Kentucky state governments and leaked files from their servers to attack to protest their abortion bans the US Supreme Court’s recent decision, Roe v. pick up calf.
“The group, which calls itself SiegedSec, said it hacked the two states because it was annoyed with their bans.
“‘THE ATTACKS WILL CONTINUE!’ the group posted on a Telegram channel. ‘Our primary targets are all pro-life units, including government officials in states with anti-abortion laws.’”
As with many trends in the cybersecurity world, I believe this will only accelerate in the coming months and years.
State and local governments need to take this trend seriously and take action to be prepared for the increased likelihood of DDoS attacks and hacktivism from a variety of sources.