‘Hacktivism’ Changes the Threat Landscape, Again

A. DeCarlo
A. DeCarlo

Summary Bullets:

  • Recent research finds that ideology and politics – not money – were the top drivers of DDoS attacks in late 2011.
  • High profile scores like hacktivist group Anonymous’ breach of Strategic Forecasting’s site are inspiring dogmatically-minded attackers to strike more often and hit new targets.

From Tahrir Square to Ducati Park, 2011 was the year protestors took to the streets to overthrow the establishment.  In parallel, hacktivists went viral with more cyber attacks launched for the purpose of humiliating their enemies and calling attention to their causes.  The trend is continuing into 2012, when the hacktivist group Anonymous launched a DDoS attack against the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI in retaliation for the shuttering of file sharing site Megaupload. Continue reading “‘Hacktivism’ Changes the Threat Landscape, Again”