At a glance.
- Hamas and Israel exchange accusations in hospital strike.
- Hacktivist auxiliaries' operations tend to resemble one another.
- Using hostages' devices to spread fear.
- Using Gazan cell data to develop intelligence.
- Attention Pompei: that eruption alert is bogus.
- New cryptojacking campaign discovered: Qubitstrike.
- Preparing for post-quantum security.
- Private sector offers perspective on Ukrainian cyber defense in Russia's hybrid war.
Hamas and Israel exchange accusations in hospital strike.
A strike that yesterday hit the Al-Ahli al-Arabi Hospital, an Anglican-run medical center in Gaza, killed hundreds, with sources placing the death toll at between 200 and more than 500. Reuters summarizes the death toll, and notes that both sides in the war have accused the other of the atrocity. Hamas claims it was an Israeli airstrike; Israel says it was a failed rocket launch towards Israel by Palestinian Islamic Jihad. The horror will figure prominently in influence operations for some time--the conflicting narratives are already well established.
Hacktivist auxiliaries' operations tend to resemble one another.
ComputerWeekly observes that pro-Hamas hacktivism has followed a pattern established during Russia's war against Ukraine, concentrating on website defacements. The piece also notes that during the war between Hamas and Israel hacktivism has been relatively one-sided, with very few cyberattacks against Palestinian sites. The attacks haven't for the most part risen above the level of a nuisance, and concentration on defacements seems more opportunistic than strategic, more a matter of capability than of imitation. A Cambridge University researcher who's studied the conduct of the war told ComputerWeekly, “Lots of people talk up the idea that hacktivists could make a big difference in combat. What we are seeing in both the Ukraine work and the work now in Hamas is that this is over-egged. You do see some civilian activism around war outbreaks but its so low grade as to be of no security concern."
Cyfirma has published an overview of cyber operations in the Hama-Israeli war to date.
There are some differences. The hacktivism on display in the Hamas-Israeli war is less disciplined, less susceptible to state control, than that observed in the hybrid war between Russia and Ukraine. Axios writes, "The war between Israel and Hamas is reminding governments just how difficult it is to control politically motivated hacking groups...Politically motivated hackers (also known as hacktivists) often target state-backed organizations and groups in an effort to complicate war efforts." Targeting is complicated, and freelancing makes it even moreso. To take just one example, an attack that takes, say, a government service offline, might inadvertently interfere with collection efforts underway against that service.