Anonymous Sudan, Mysterious Team and Team Insane PK topped the rating of religiously motivated hacker associations.
The Radware Security Research Center published a detailed report on hacktivism late last week. According to the data received, most of the destructive actions of hacker activists taking place around the world are directed at Israel.
Between February and April this year, for example, Israel was the main target of pro-Islamic hacktivists, who accounted for 11% of the total number of cyberattacks. Most often, attackers choose DDoS attacks, damage to website infrastructure, and theft of confidential information as their methods.
The largest hacktivist force in the world was the pro-Russian group NoName057(16), which accounted for almost 30% of all attacks investigated by Radware. While the most popular religious hacktivists were Anonymous Sudan, Mysterious Team and Team Insane PK, mainly targeting Israel, India and Australia.
While the methods used by hacktivists may be considered illegal or unethical, most justify their actions as an engine of social or political change, as well as holding powerful organizations and governments accountable for their actions.
While politically motivated hacktivism has intensified over the past year in response to events taking place across Eastern Europe, religious hacktivists routinely “punish” entire governments with their actions for what hacktivists believe are wrong decisions in the field of faith and religion.
For example, Sudan Anonymous has carried out many attacks against Swedish and Danish organizations this year because of the Koran burning in January and the Swedish government's "wrong position" on this issue.
But still, Sweden got much less than the same Israel, which “pulls the statistics” in its favor because of the annual “hacker flash mob” called OpIsrael, which has been carried out by “efforts” by hacktivists from different countries since 2013. The purpose of the "action" are Israeli websites, including government, military and financial institutions. And this year, attacks have only intensified following violent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli authorities at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in early April.
Pascal Jean, director of threat intelligence at Radware, warns that the political and ideological cyberattacks that hacktivists unleash on a regular basis are becoming a force to be reckoned with.