Leading threat intelligence firm, Cyberint, has launched a significant new report: "Israel-Hamas vs. Russia-Ukraine War", offering critical insights into the cyber warfare associated with these two major modern conflicts.
The report shows the shift of global conflicts into the digital realm, with 27 threat actor groups identified attacking in support of Israel, while 133 groups attacked in support of Palestine. Notably, the Russia-Ukraine conflict exhibited a surge in the volume of cyber attacks compared to the Israel-Hamas conflict, signalling the expanding influence of digital warfare.
The report underlines how real-world conflicts are increasingly complemented by their digital counterparts. Adi Bleih, Security Researcher at Cyberint, commented on how understanding this new landscape is crucial, "To know how real-world conflicts translate into the digital realm, understanding how attacks and the groups behind them are important to mitigate the damage brought by any further conflicts. The digital front is as critical as the physical one in the theatre of modern conflict."
Both conflicts led to an astounding revival of hacktivism, revealing a broader suite of attack strategies such as Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS), cyber espionage, hacking, and defacing. As a result, hacktivist groups increasingly side with nation-states, marking a significant evolution in the operation of such groups. Furthermore, a substantive increase in the sale of malware logs, linked to Israeli machines, has been recorded since October 2023, revealing spikes in cyber activity generated by geopolitical tensions.
The Cyberint report aims to equip organisations and cybersecurity teams with crucial knowledge and understanding of the potential digital implications of such conflicts. By doing so, they can better protect themselves and their interests, responding timely to the rapidly changing cybersecurity landscape influenced by real-world conflicts and tensions.
As geopolitical dynamics shift, cyber warfare acknowledges no borders, and global conflict takes on a new digital dimension. Consequently, this report from Cyberint plays a crucial role in outlining the digital consequence of wars and brings to light the cyber implications of geopolitics. It serves as a unique tool for governments and businesses alike, providing clear insights to navigate the multifaceted landscape of cyber warfare and security.