The famous hacktivist group called Anonymous has been attacking Spanish government websites and the Royal Family, in response to the Catalan independence crisis.
InfoSecurity Magazine announced that the group has been using its DDoS cannon and claimed to have taken down the site of the constitutional court.
The taken offline website illegally ruled the Catalonian referendum. Anonymous also broke down the site of the Spanish Ministry of Public Works and Transport.
This website was also displayed with the “Free Catalonia” banner, indicating:
“In the name of all the Catalan independence and democracy, Anonymous Catalonia asks all the Anons of the world who are in favor of the freedom of expression […] and peaceful dialogue to persist in the #FreeCatalonia operation until 29 October 2017.”
The most recent attack was carried out on Tuesday when the hackers took down the Royal House website.
The attack had echoes in social media networks. A range of users associated with the Anonymous group were tweeting messages on Twitter or posting on Facebook posts including #opCatalunya, #FreeCatalonia; “big attacks are coming” even though the attacked sites now look like they are back to normal again.
The hacktivist group previously claimed to support the Catalonian referendum in a video which was posted on YouTube. Anonymous indicated:
We wish to state that the Catalan people's desire to express their will via a referendum is the majority view and cuts across all strata of society and is in keeping with the civic, peaceful and democratic determination expressed in the multitudinous demonstrations held by organized society in favor of its right to decide.
However, Stephanie Weagle, vice president at Corero Network Security firm noted that exploited DDoS attacks remain to operate as a disrupted of businesses. In addition, these attacks also are applied in order to distract IT teams while the data and sensitive information were stolen.
S. Weagle also added:
In order to effectively protect their networks, prevent disruptions to customer operations, and better protect against service outages, downtime, and potential data theft, companies need real-time visibility and mitigation of all DDoS attack traffic targeting their networks, regardless of size or duration. Traditional security infrastructure will not stand up to these service interrupting attacks—a dedicated layer of DDoS mitigation is required to eliminate the DDoS threat.
However, Express News reported that despite the attacks carried out by the Anonymous hacktivist group, Catalonia leader Carles Puigdemont ruled out an election on October, 26.