Could Return of Ghost Squad Hackers Signal Rise in COVID-19-Related Hactivism?
During the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of hackers called the Ghost Squad Hackers (GSH) have been active again after a fairly quiet few years. The group is an offshoot of the hacktivist group Anonymous. A blog post by Vigilante, a cyberthreat intelligence firm, stated that the recent hacks conducted by the group may be an effort to undermine public confidence in the government at a critical time.
Vigilante’s director of intelligence thinks that similar attacks could follow, either from GSH or other hacktivists groups, representing a resurgence in hacktivism during the COVID-19 pandemic. Vigilante stated that the US remains a highly desirable target for these groups and that they may target struggling countries such as Italy or Spain. More of the incidents are detachments, which is a common hacktivist tactic.