Pro-Russian Group Calls for Help in Launching DDoS Attacks
Category: Threat Actor Activity | Industries: Academic, Airlines, Military | Level: Strategic | Source: BleepingComputer
A Pro-Russian group is crowdsourcing project 'DDOSIA' to provide financial incentives for participants initiating distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks against Western countries. As reported by BleepingComputer and Radware, the group has ties to the pro-Russian group KillNet. Regular targets for the project include "60 military and education organizations in Ukraine," with supplying financial rewards for participants being used as a new recruitment tool. Hacktivists associated with the DDOSIA project, have revealed the project in the group's Telegram channel, 'NoName057(16)' with at least 13,000 members. There are currently roughly 400 members for the DDOSIA project as part of a "semi-closed invite-only group." Contributors are provided fairly large payouts, as identified by BleepingComputer "Top contributors in each attack wave receive 80,000 rubles ($1,250), second-place attackers receive 50,000 rubles ($800), and third-place contributors are compensated with 20,000 rubles ($300)." The DDOSIA project is tied to KillNet's DDoS attack against US airports on Monday, October 10th, 2022, providing payouts to the top ten contributors in the attack. DDoS attacks provide service disruptions and financial loss against the targeted organization. It is also a tool commonly used in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.