While the ongoing war between Sudan Army (SA) and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) continues to escalate, hacker collective Anonymous Sudan seems to have added a new twist to the situation.
The group has claimed to launch an attack on the official website of the Rapid Support Forces, demonstrating an alliance with the Sudan Army.
In a post shared on the threat actor’s Telegram channel, the group has claimed of successfully taking down the Rapid Support Forces’ website.
While the motive behind the cyber attack has not been disclosed in the messages posted by the hacker collective, the move came a day after the SA-RSF clash intensified.
Anonymous Sudan targets Rapid Support Forces
In an attempt to gain further insights into the involvement of the threat actor in the conflict, The Cyber Express reached out to the Rapid Support Forces.
Fierce fighting erupted in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), resulting in a significant humanitarian crisis as disease and malnutrition threaten the growing number of displaced people.
Earlier, the paramilitary group had taken to Twitter last month, urging media outlets and publications to contact them for information regarding the war in Sudan. As of now, no official response has been received from the Rapid Support Forces.
Meanwhile, the situation on the ground has escalated, with intense fighting between the Sudanese Army and the Rapid Support Forces in Khartoum, the nation’s capital.
Al Jazeera’s correspondent, Hiba Morgan, reported from Omdurman, the twin city of Khartoum, explaining the situation between the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudan Army.
As the conflict escalated, air strikes were carried out in the northern areas of Khartoum, and heavy artillery was deployed in the eastern part of the city.
Morgan also reported that the RSF claimed to have downed a Sudanese army fighter jet in the city of Bahri, also known as Khartoum North, one of the three cities comprising Greater Khartoum.
Morgan revealed that airstrikes were launched in the northern parts of the capital, accompanied by heavy artillery use in the city’s eastern areas.
The Rapid Support Forces claimed to have downed a Sudanese army fighter jet in Bahri, also known as Khartoum North, one of the three cities comprising Greater Khartoum.
War in Sudan: Casualties on a rise
The conflict, which began on April 15, has seen clashes intensify in recent days. Nearly 3,000 people have been reportedly killed since April 15.
The dispute for control between RSF leader Mohamed Hamdan “Hemedti” Dagalo and Sudan’s de facto leader and army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has led to intense battles at key government locations.
Additionally, a faction of the militant Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) led by Abdelaziz al-Hilu has joined the conflict, launching attacks on army positions in the southern part of the country.
The impact of the conflict has been devastating for the civilian population.
The International Organization for Migration reported that 2.2 million people have been internally displaced within Sudan, while approximately 645,000 individuals have sought refuge in neighboring countries.
The United Nations states that a record-breaking 25 million people in Sudan are in urgent need of humanitarian aid and protection.
Anonymous Sudan is a hacktivist group known for engaging in cyber activities to promote social and political causes, often targeting entities perceived as oppressive or engaging in human rights violations.
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