Anonymous Sudan hit the Dubai Airport on December 2nd, following a threat issued by the organization itself, where it tagged UAE as its next target. As a result of the attack, the Dubai Airport’s website was unavailable for some time, but it’s up at the moment of writing this article.
The attack on UAE falls in line with the recent trend of targeting high-profile names throughout the world with a focus on European entities.
The organization’s self-proclaimed interests include paralyzing the European and Western financial institutions, as well as making religious statements.
Anonymous Sudan operates as a pro-Sudan and pro-Islamist organization on paper, but theories abound in relation to the actor’s true identity and motives.
Officially, Anonymous Sudan begun its cyber rampage in January 2023 as a response to journalist Rasmus Paludan, who burned a copy of the Quran on January 21st 2023 in Sweden.
Paludan’s goal was to raise awareness on the fact that Sweden needs to be allowed in NATO and swore to burn another copy of the book in Denmark too.
The group has been planning and executing attacks all over the world with a very diverse approach. Some attacks fell into the ransomware category, while others were only meant to disrupt the victim’s online presence.
In some cases, the organization even stole sensible data to sell it publicly, hoping to damage their victim’s operation, interests, or reputation.
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The very first attack, which took place in January of this year, put Anonymous Sudan on the map almost immediately. The organization targeted Sweden and Denmark’s infrastructure, as well as several key local corporations.
Anonymous Sudan’s stated objectives and modus operandi brought them into the interest range of Killnet, the famous Russian hacker group.
This led the latter to add Anonymous Sudan to its hacktivist group with the clear goal of working toward common objectives.