OpUSA Hacktivist Campaign Expected to Launch May 7
by Joseph Blankenship, Solutionary
The Solutionary Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) has been monitoring hacktivist activity that has generated a series of focused campaigns over the last month. Several hacktivist groups have reportedly joined forces and are threatening to launch a dedicated campaign of targeted cyberattacks against U.S. companies and government agencies beginning May 7, 2013. The campaign is known as OpUSA.
Solutionary encourages all organizations to prepare by ensuring that they have an incident response plan in place in the event that a compromise does occur. Since many of the hacktivist groups that are reported to be participants in OpUSA have been responsible for past Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in 2013, organizations should also take measures to mitigate against DDoS attacks (see the SERT white paper “In Denial? Follow Seven Steps for Better DoS and DDoS Protection”).
For more information about OpUSA, see the SERT Monthly Threat Report for April.
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