DDoS Attacks From Hacktivists Haven't Been Heavy Hitters

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DDoS Attacks From Hacktivists Haven't Been Heavy Hitters

Category: Threat Actor Activity | Industry: Global | Level: Strategic | Source: IC3

Hacktivists’ use of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks is assessed by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to have caused only minor impacts. In the FBI's latest private industry notification, the assessment is determined based on hacktivists’ attacks on websites versus actual services, thus only causing limited disruptions. DDoS attacks have mainly been opportunistic with cybercriminals often exaggerating their attacks more than the true impact. "Coinciding with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the FBI is aware of Pro-Russian hacktivist groups employing DDoS attacks to target critical infrastructure companies with limited success." From these factors, the FBI assesses the "psychological impact of DDoS attacks is often greater than the disruption of service." The pro-Russian hacking group Killnet, has been the most vicious group initiating DDoS attacks. Their latest activity included an attempted attack against the U.S Treasury successfully repelled. In early October, Killnet disrupted web services for managing and scheduling airfare, however, the attack did not impede flight operations.

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