G20 Summit 2023 | Hackers From Pakistan, Indonesia Plotting Cyberattacks On Govt’s Digital Infrastructure: Report | #hacking | #cybersecurity | #infosec | #comptia | #pentest | #hacker

As Delhi prepares in full swing for the high-profile G20 Summit, researchers at CloudSEK, a cybersecurity firm, discovered an agenda orchestrated by several hacktivist clusters from neighbouring Pakistan and Indonesia to plant cyber attacks in the country.

XVigil, CloudSEK’s contextual AI engine, discovered that India’s digital infrastructure is among the primary targets of these hacktivist groups. The call for action was flagged on September 7 after Team Herox, a hacking group, put out a message on the popular messaging app Telegram.

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“This orchestrated campaign, known as #OpIndia, is motivated by a complex web of political factors, with many attacks seen as retaliatory strikes in the ongoing hacktivist warfare between nations. The primary attack methods anticipated in this campaign are Mass Defacement and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks,” the researchers said.

“They sought support from fellow hacktivist organisations to join forces for a series of attacks scheduled for September 9-10, aligning perfectly with the G20 summit’s timeline,” the researchers noted.

The groups have planned cyberattacks on public and private entities previously. Tactics used in the process range from DDoS attacks to data breaches and account seizures. According to Darshit Ashara, Associate Vice President of the Threat Intelligence Research team, these bad actors usually exploit such VVIP events of the government to gain limelight.

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“The coordinated efforts by hacktivist groups from Pakistan and Indonesia to target India’s G20 Summit with planned cyberattacks are a stark reminder of the digital threats nations face,” Ashara added.

The team also spotlighted a parallel hacktivist drive that targeted more than 1,000 websites during Independence Day in August. The methods used in such attacks range from DDoS, defacement attacks and account takeovers, similar to the patterns stressed in the hacktivists warfare report of CloudSEK.

The report also said that a significant rise in such attacks was witnessed in the first quarter of this year, with India among the primary targets. As a measure to minimise such attacks, CloudSEK urged organisations to stay vigilant and strengthen their cybersecurity measures to destabilise such malicious campaigns.


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