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Anonymous Sudan Targets A Telecommunications Company in Mauritania

Miklos Zoltan

By Miklos Zoltan . 18 March 2024

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Anonymous Sudan recently announced a successful breach against Mauritel, a telecommunications company from Mauritania. The hackers announced the cyber attack on their public platform but didn’t state any reasons for the breach.

  • Anonymous Sudan is a controversial cybercriminal gang with politically and ideologically driven goals
  • No Mauritel representative has come forth with a public statement regarding the attack
  • It’s unclear whether the breach resulted in any data leak or how damaging it’s been for the victim
  • Anonymous Sudan has a history of politically and religiously driven cybercriminal activities and now ranks as a global threat

Ideologically-driven cyber attacks are nothing new in the cybercriminal sphere. Many organizations indulge in them and many of these groups are often affiliated to specific states. Publicly, they are rogue entities, but everybody can see beneath the façade.

NoName is currently one of the most notorious cybercriminal rings with self-described pro-Russian affinities and a loaded political agenda. NoName first appeared in 2022, shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and took off very fast.

X showing the Anonymous Sudan attack on Mauritel

This situation is similar to that of Anonymous Sudan, as the organization first emerged in 2023. The trigger was Rasmus Paludan, a far-right activist who burned a Quran in a public space in Sweden. Shortly after, Anonymous Sudan announced its arrival.

But not everything is what it seems. Some theories suggest that Anonymous Sudan is using a fake profile and markets itself as something it’s not. Let’s get into that.

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What’s The Truth About Anonymous Sudan?

While nobody has the definitive truth, there is a theory that holds sufficient water to warrant a second look. Anonymous Sudan is a self-described pro-Islamic organization with the sole goal is protecting the interests of the Islamic world.

But many people have noticed that some things don’t add up, such as:

  • Anonymous Sudan was posting exclusively in Russian on their Telegram channel
  • When people noticed that, they deleted all their Russian posts and switched it to Arabic
  • Anonymous Sudan collaborates with known pro-Russian organizations like NoName and Killnet
  • The group has targeted anti-Russian organizations multiple times in the past
  • No clear link has been found between Anonymous Sudan and Islam. Or Sudan, for that matter

The only connection between Anonymous Sudan and the Islamic world is the hackers’ word. All evidence points to Anonymous Sudan being a pro-Russian organization set to protect Russian interests. But why wouldn’t the hackers come forth to state that plainly?

The theory is that Anonymous Sudan prefers it like this. This way, whoever is behind the gang can conduct cyber-attacks that benefit Russia without exposing themselves. This turns Anonymous Sudan into the perfect scapegoat because they’re a ghost entity.

Naturally, there is no definitive evidence to validate this theory. But it is interesting enough to keep it in the back of one’s mind. When it comes to the motivation for the attacks, Anonymous Sudan sticks to its ideological motives.

The organization even started conducting for-profit operations in June 2023, managing to extort victims of millions of dollars. This shows that the cybercriminal gang is multi-dimensional and a real threat to the global state of affairs.

1 Comment

  • Mauritania Injector

    March 19, 2024 9:28 pm

    The Mauritel website is considered very weak, and anyone with average expertise can disable it. This should serve as a motivation for the company to enhance the security of its website and protect user data. Securing websites is an essential necessity in the modern era of technology, where cyber threats are continuously increasing.
    Indeed, I have previously mentioned to the relevant authorities the weakness of their website’s security. Companies should listen to user feedback and work on improving website security and enhancing protection. There may be tools and techniques available to enhance security, such as software updates, protection against DDoS attacks, two-factor authentication, and data encryption

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