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Anonymous Sudan claims ‘massive cyber attack’ on US DOJ

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has reportedly been hit by the infamous Anonymous Sudan hacking gang, with the threat group claiming to have launched a “massive cyber attack” on the agency.

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Wed, 20 Mar 2024
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Anonymous Sudan is a group whose weapon of choice is the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, targeting infrastructure by overwhelming it with traffic and packets, overloading it until it shuts down.

The hacking gang is known for targeting big name organisations and government agencies in politically motivated attacks, with recent victims including OpenAI, Meta, and a wave of French government agencies.

Now the group has gone after the US DOJ, posting about the alleged attack on its Telegram.


“We have conducted a massive cyber attack on the infrastructure of a critical US federal executive department,” the group said, before giving a description of the US DOJ.

It is unknown how long the DDoS attack brought the DOJ’s systems offline, if at all, as the department has remained quiet on the matter.

Anonymous Sudan also failed to provide evidence of the attack on its Telegram, which it usually does in the form of outage reports or screenshots of its operations. This could very well mean that the attack failed or had little to no affect, or even that the group is lying about the incident occurring in the first place.

The threat group has been attacking US organisations and agencies for the nation’s support of Israel in the current conflict between Hamas and Palestine and says it will continue to do so if the US continues to support Israel.

In this case, it has added that it is also attacking the US for its interference in the Sudanese civil war.

“The attacks on the United States will continue as long as it continues to support Israel and also interfere in Sudanese,” the group said.

“One of the reasons for the attack: drawing attention to the dire situation in Sudan.

“We therefore claim any damage to the overall health of the infrastructure of the United States Department of Justice.”

Anonymous Sudan is also heavily pushing its new DDoS as a service, InfraShutdown, which it says is used for all of its attacks.

“This attack has been carried out completely by the @InfraShutdown DDoS infrastructure,” the group wrote on all its attack announcements since the service was announced.

The threat group announced the new service on its Telegram on Saturday (24 February), promising world-leading disruptions as demonstrated by its previous attacks on major organisations and government agencies.

The move marks a significant change in the group’s operations and goals, having previously strictly advertised its attacks as being politically motivated, notably against Israel and its allies, as well as the US.

Now, with the introduction of InfraShutdown, the group appears to be seeking financial gains, likely to strengthen its operations further as maintaining infrastructure capable of taking down the world’s largest organisations and government agencies is assumingly expensive and complex.

Backing this speculation is the group’s initiation of a donation campaign. The group, typically, has relied on financial backers in the past; however, the recent endeavour suggests either that those backers have stopped supporting the group or that it needs greater funds to maintain or expand its operation.

“InfraShutdown emerges as the pinnacle of bulletproof cyber dominance, offering bespoke distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) campaigns tailored to the unique objectives of our global clientele,” the group wrote on Telegram.

“From government agencies to private entities to individuals, our services are designed to deliver unparalleled digital disruption across a multitude of sectors with ZERO limits and military grade privacy.”

Daniel Croft

Daniel Croft

Born in the heart of Western Sydney, Daniel Croft is a passionate journalist with an understanding for and experience writing in the technology space. Having studied at Macquarie University, he joined Momentum Media in 2022, writing across a number of publications including Australian Aviation, Cyber Security Connect and Defence Connect. Outside of writing, Daniel has a keen interest in music, and spends his time playing in bands around Sydney.

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