The Rise of The Middle Eastern Patriot Hacker
A news story posted today got my attention if for nothing else than the lulz. The post was about how a team of Saudi hackers had popped and defaced a bunch of Iranian sites and how in return the Iranian authorities had tapped INTERPOL to clap the irons on those cyber terrorists! Now, usually I am not so much interested in these types of defacements being that they are just tit for tat political posturing by derpy kids online but this reminded me of China in the 90’s so here I am.
That’s right, you read me right there, China, remember the Green Army? Remember all those posts I did back in the day about the patriot hackers there? Well, now we have the same kind of thing happening in the Kingdom of Saud and since I am a bit of an Arabist, I thought it interesting enough to pontificate on here. Hell, I might even thought lead here! Well, ugh, no, I will not thought lead, there is jut no coming back from that. Anyway, back to the matter at hand.
The “team” in question is the new-ish group calling themselves “Team Bad Dream” and ermegerd they are as derpy as they come. When you start to pull at the threads of their digital tangled skein you quickly come to some real profiles and real names. I will not post them here because I don’t want the Iranians whacking anyone and I certainly don’t want INTERPOL on them just yet. Suffice to say, guys, ummm, you may want to pay attention to your old nicks and re-use. Oh, and don’t forget to not use your SKYPE addresses and shit like that that you have not created good backstops and cutouts for!
*Oh, maybe that was a little OPSEC/INTEL slip I just pulled there huh? Oops*
Anywho… Aside from the derpy defacements that really mean nothing in the scheme of things as hot “cyber” wars go, there is this notion of a shift in politics/warfare/statecraft that I just have to mention. It is claimed that the KSA government has been supporting these guys in their defacement spree and if this is the case, then it’s a bit of a different kettle of fish no? It is one thing to have a bunch of guys who just do this shit for giggles but these guys are now hitting Iran, the mortal enemy of Saudi with *gasp* DEFACEMENTS!
Ok, ok, ok, you all probably have the same opinion that I do about defacements:
That XKCD pretty much sums it up for me. However, you are now dealing with the governments of two rather shall we say touchy countries. Just look at the rhetoric between the two to see. In fact, hell, just look at the rhetoric and crazy that comes out of Iran on a regular basis and you might see where I am going here. I can imagine here an all out, full scale, cyber defacement war soon enough. However, what if that also turns into a full on “cyber” war between the two now too? What if they really start hacking the shit out of each other’s infrastructure?
What if they start stuxnet-ing all the things! My god man.. it will be 9/11 x 1000
Ok on a more serious note though. This may in fact be the start of something bigger and we could be seeing more hacking and net-centric warfare between these players in the near future. I eagerly await the next salvo with popcorn in hand and a nice big scotch. Everyone get comfortable because soon there will be attribution marketing and cutesy pseudo Arabic code names for all the actors!