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CYBER TOUFAN: ANALYSIS OF THE LAST PRO-PALESTINIAN EMERGED GROUP

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CYBER TOUFAN: ANALYSIS OF THE LAST PRO-PALESTINIAN EMERGED GROUP

According to Check Point since the beginning of the conflict between Israel and Hamas in early October 2023, there was an increase of approximately 20% in cyberattacks in Israel, including more than 50% on the government sector.
 

A new pro-Palestinian group

Among these cyber offensives a new pro-Palestinian group named Cyber Toufan recently emerged launching a massive wave of cyber attack as part of #OpCyberToufan and #OpIsrael.
Cyber Toufan logo
The group’s modus operandi consists in extracting and releasing large amounts of data from their victims, impacting millions of individuals.
 
As proof of their activities they started to publish on their Telegram channel exfiltrated data from the victims, like names, emails, phone numbers, and business interactions, and a list of private keys and certificates.
 
Israeli media defined the operation as the “largest cyberattacks in the history of Israel”, while Cyber Toufan claimed to have destroyed over 1,000 servers and breached 150 Israeli targets, including government agencies and companies.
 

The group victims

Among the affected organizations the Israeli Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Welfare and Social Security, the Israel State Archives, the Tel Aviv-based security and risk management company MAX Security, the well-known cyber security company Radware, two main manufacturing companies ISCAR Metalworking and Berkshire eSupply, Ikea Israel.
Cyber Toufan victim: Israel State Archives
 
Cyber Toufan claim: ISCAR Metalworking
 
Cyber Toufan claim: Berkshire eSupply
But the group victims are not limited to Israeli ones: even the US SpaceX and Tooling Associates and the Australian Seacret seems to be affrected by the operation.
 
In total we counted 49 victims so far and the Manufacturing sector is the most affected (39% of the attacks), followed by Wholesale / retail (27%) and Government / Military / Law Enforcement (10%).
 
Cyber Toufan victims business sectors
 

A State-sponsored operation?

The cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies claimed Cyber Toufan’s style and capabilities are similar to cybercriminal groups linked to Iran, suggesting that this could potentially be a state-sponsored operation.
 
A recent report from Israeli newspaper Haaretz have raised concerns over the security issues in Israel due to the breach to several government entities.
 
 
While hacktivists are often known to exaggerate their accomplishments, Cyber Toufan’s activities have been taken seriously, as they continue to leak data from various victims on a daily basis, indicating a significant threat level.
 
We will continue to monitor the situation.
 
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