Continuing its attacking spree, Anonymous Sudan has now claimed to attack Sweden’s railway infrastructure.
Earlier, the hacktivist group claimed responsibility for the cyberattack on Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) that left the airport’s official website app down and exposed customer data. Before that, the gang had its crosshairs set on Swedish hospitals.
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The cyberattacks by Anonymous Sudan were triggered due to the actions of a far-right political activist, who mocked the Islamic scriptures, offending a large group of the community earlier this January.
Post the incident, to warn Sweden authorities, Anonymous Sudan launched multiple cyberattacks on the Nordic airports.
Anonymous Sudan and Sweden airports
Earlier, Anonymous Sudan had announced that they would be targeting small airports around Sweden.
On Tuesday, Anonymous Sudan issued warnings that they would carry out overload attacks on various entities, including the airline company SAS. In the evening, the SAS website and app crashed, causing customers across the Nordic region to receive the wrong tickets when they logged into their accounts.
Anonymous Sudan is now focusing on smaller airports all over Sweden, intending to use overload attacks to shut down the airports’ websites. However, the airport manager of Hultsfred Airport, which is near a nuclear power plant, remains calm in the face of the threat.
While the actions of Anonymous Sudan may seem problematic, it’s important to note that the impact of such attacks can vary widely. In some cases, overload attacks may cause significant disruption to a business or organization’s operations, while in other cases, they may have little impact.
List of airports being targeted by Anonymous Sudan
Here is a list of Sweden airports that have become the prime target of Anonymous Sudan. The list was shared by Anonymous Sudan’s Telegram channel and lists multiple airports currently targeted by a hoard of cyberattacks.
- Skövde Airport
- Norrköping Airport
- Varmt välkommen till Karlstad Airport!
- Höga Kusten Airport
- Scandinavian Mountains Airport |
- Flygstaden Airport
- Vellinge Airport
- Smaland Airport
- Ängelholm–Helsingborg Airport
- Karlskoga Airport
- Trollhättan–Vänersborg Airport
Cyberattacks, religious sentiments, and political motivations
The events that unfolded at Stockholm, Sweden, in January that triggered the religious backlash was funded by a journalist with Russian ties, reported The Guardian. The apparent motivation was to curb Sweden’s growing role in NATO.
The Islamophobic events took place on January 25, 2023, during a protest organized by a far-right group in the Swedish capital funded by journalist Rasmus Paludan, a Russian citizen with ties to the Kremlin.
The individual in question allegedly provided financial support to the far-right group, which organized the event. The journalist is also said to have close ties to several other individuals with connections to the Russian government, said the report.
The article notes that the incident has sparked concerns among Swedish officials about the extent of Russian influence in the country. The Swedish security service, Säpo, has reportedly launched an investigation into the matter.
There are also fears that the incident could impact Sweden’s relationship with NATO, as the country has been a member of the alliance since 1994, the report added.
Relations between Russia and NATO have been strained in recent years, particularly following the 2014 annexation of Crimea. According to the report, the attempt is part of a greater plan to destabilize Western democracies and sow discord among NATO allies.