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ICT Cyber-Desk Review: Report #8

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This report covers the period of February – March 2014, the report covers two main subjets: cyber-terrorism (offensive, defensive, and the media, and the main topics of jihadist discourse); and cyber-crime, whenever and wherever it is linked to jihad (funding, methods of attack):

The following are among the issues covered in this report:

  • The Al-Platform Media Web forum published an announcement on the forum’s technical department explaining how to disrupt the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s). The guide described a method to disrupt the connection between the UAV and its control room and navigation systems, called GPS Spoofing.
  • Several Islamist hacker groups published announcements about a combined cyber-attack against Israeli sites to take place on April 7, 2014 in protest against the establishment of the State of Israel. The participating hacker groups included: Fallaga Team, AnonGhost, Anonymous PS, Anonymous Arabe, Kalachinkov and Moroccan Agent Secret.
  • The Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) continued its wave of attacks against opponents of the Assad regime in response to attacks recently carried out by a group identifying itself as the “European Cyber Army” against Syrian targets and the SEA.
  • Following a report in February regarding the breach and theft of bitcoins from the large trading site, Mt. Gox, the company declared bankruptcy and the value of virtual currencies dropped significantly.
  • The mining malware market has recently undergone rapid development. The malware exploits the device’s resources for the purpose of mining Dogecoins and Mincoins.

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