Anonymous Sudan hacks X to put pressure on Elon Musk over Starlink.
Introduction: A hacking group known as “Anonymous Sudan” orchestrated a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on X (formerly Twitter), causing the platform to go offline for more than two hours in multiple countries. The hackers aimed to pressure Elon Musk into launching his Starlink satellite internet service in Sudan, posting messages on Telegram to convey their demand. Anonymous Sudan, self-described as hacking for the benefit of Sudan and Islam, seeks to raise awareness about the civil war in Sudan and its impact on internet access. While the outage affected thousands of users, X has not publicly acknowledged the disruption, and Elon Musk has not responded to the hackers’ request.
Hacking Methods and Motives:
- The DDoS attack employed by the group overloaded X’s servers, temporarily taking the platform offline. Anonymous Sudan is known for using relatively unsophisticated hacking techniques.
- The hackers aimed to shed light on the challenges faced by Sudan due to the civil war, including internet interruptions.
- Anonymous Sudan’s members, Crush and Hofa, denied accusations of being a Russian cyber-military unit and shared evidence with the BBC, including their Sudanese passports and live location on Telegram, indicating they are located in Sudan.
Anonymous Sudan’s Objectives:
- The group’s primary goal is to showcase the skills of Sudanese people, despite limited capabilities, and to draw attention to Sudan’s situation.
- Anonymous Sudan has targeted various organizations and government web services in countries such as France, Nigeria, Israel, the US, and Kenya, alleging interference in Sudanese affairs.
- While their attacks have disrupted services, the hackers assert that they have red lines and avoid harming innocent individuals.
- Anonymous Sudan has also attempted extortion for Bitcoin and criticized websites like OnlyFans, Tumblr, and Reddit.
- In June, the group disrupted Microsoft services, including Outlook and OneDrive, prompting a warning from US cyber authorities.
Conclusion: The DDoS attack on X orchestrated by Anonymous Sudan illustrates the group’s efforts to draw attention to Sudan’s civil war and its impact on internet access. Despite questions about their origins, the hackers have provided evidence suggesting they operate from Sudan. Their actions aim to highlight the challenges faced by their country and to influence the launch of Elon Musk’s Starlink service in Sudan.