OpUSA Cyber Attacks Planned for May 7: What’s Driving the Campaign?
Posted: 3rd May 2013
What do political violence and sovereignty disputes in Kashmir and Palestine have to do with a planned cyber attack against the United States of America? If not everything, then many things. Groups fighting for changes to political boundaries in these regions have been responsible for the systematic cyber targeting of government, financial, and commercial centers in the perceived aggressor states: India and Israel – and, by extension, the United States. Enter OpUSA.
With solidarity facilitated by fiberoptics, these groups find easy company in the shared motivations and aims of other self-proclaimed online freedom fighters. Take the ZCompany Hacking Crew and Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, for example. Both have pledged participation in OpUSA and both are global actors with regional concerns as overriding priorities. They see their actions on the global level as having the potential to favorably improve their regional conditions.
The fight for Kashmir is the primary cause of the ZCompany Hacking Crew, a Pakistani-based outfit that has gone after archenemy India – and the United States – before.
June 2011 – The group hacked over 700 Indian websites, targeting commercial and educational interests
Late 2010 – They teamed up with TeaMp0isN to attack thousands of Facebook pages, ranging from those belonging to the English Defence League to the White House
February 2012 – Both groups leaked more than 200 credit cards from Israeli and US sites as part of Operation Free Palestine