Sudan-Based Hackers Temporarily Shut Down X, Call on Musk for Starlink

Sudan-Based Hackers Temporarily Shut Down X, Call on Musk for Starlink

Sudan-Based hackers temporarily brought down Elon Musk-run X (formerly Twitter) for several hours, seeking to pressure Musk into launching his affordable Starlink internet service in Sudan. The hacking group, known as Anonymous Sudan, executed the cyberattack that impacted users in multiple countries, according to BBC reports.

Sudan-Based Hackers Temporarily Shut Down X, Call on Musk for Starlink

X experienced over two hours of downtime, affecting thousands of users. The hackers, via Telegram, conveyed their message to Elon Musk: “Open Starlink in Sudan.” The outage-tracking site, Down Detector, recorded nearly 20,000 outage reports from users in the US and the UK.

Sudan-Based Hackers Temporarily Shut Down X, Call on Musk for Starlink

While X did not publicly acknowledge the disruption, Elon Musk refrained from commenting on the incident. The cyberattack utilized a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) strategy, overwhelming X’s servers with massive traffic.

One member of the hacking group, identified as Hofa, explained that the DDoS attack aimed to raise awareness about the ongoing conflict in Sudan, which frequently disrupts internet connectivity in the region.

Anonymous Sudan has been associated with a Russian cyber-military unit, although the group denies any such affiliation. In June, the hackers expressed support for the Russian government in its efforts to quell the mutiny led by Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Wagner paramilitary group.

This isn’t the first time Anonymous Sudan has caused disruptions; they have previously targeted France, Nigeria, Israel, and the US with their cyberattacks.

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