Unrest in the Kashmir region has been on the rise since the governor declared Governor’s Rule on June 20th. Anti-Indian sentiment has been on the rise and every counter-terror operation that has been attempted in the region has encountered citizenry throwing stones at Indian forces while protesting Indian rule in the region. Kashmir has always been a volatile region and pro-Pakistani/anti-Indian hackers have typically capitalized on periods of elevated tension to build support for terrorist/separatist groups in the region. Over the coming weeks, a number of cyber-attacks will probably be carried out against government and military units not only along the Pakistani border, but also in other regions throughout India in an attempt to increase support for those wishing to get rid of Indian control in the region. While the majority of attacks during similar periods have typically targeted the Indian government and military, private industry has also felt the pressure of these attacks at times as well–especially when servers housing government websites are taken offline which are also used to host websites of private businesses. While any attacks carried out during this period of increased tension has the potential to harm private industry, it is unlikely to specifically target business interests.
Written by: Nataliia Zdrok, Threat Intelligence Analyst at Binary Defense Russia’s invasion of Ukraine increased