At a glance.
- DDoS activity during the Hamas-Israeli war.
- Insurance firm reports cyber incident.
- District of Columbia voter data compromise: an update.
- Recent arrests in cybercrime sweeps.
- Ukrainian hacktivist auxiliaries compromise customer data at Russia's Alfa Bank.
- Russian services increase collection efforts against Ukrainian war crimes investigators.
- An odd case of disinformation.
DDoS activity during the Hamas-Israeli war.
Cloudflare has published an overview of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks during the present war. Attacks against Israeli targets dwarfed attacks against Palestinian websites by a factor of ten.
The firm's observations showed negligible DDoS activity against Israeli sites in the weeks preceding the war, with a sharp spike on the morning of October 7th, when Hamas began its attacks. That activity peaked on October 8th, falling off until another surge on the 20th. The initial attacks "targeted websites that provide critical information and alerts to civilians on rocket attacks." Since then the attacks have concentrated on news and media sites, with some 56% of DDoS operations targeting these. "We saw the same trends when Russia attacked Ukraine," CLoudflare observes. "Ukrainian media and broadcasting websites were highly targeted. The war on the ground is often accompanied by cyber attacks on websites that provide crucial information for civilians." After news media in frequency of targeting came the software sector (34%), followed by financial services, with government administration websites placing fourth.
DDoS against Palestinian sites surged after Hamas's initial attacks. In this case, however, the most targeted sector was financial services, with almost 76% of attacks directed against banks. "The Internet industry" came in second, sustaining 24% of DDoS activity. Media production websites came in a distant third.