Earlier in the week, Analysis Intelligence highlighted the cyber threat posed by Anonymous Caucasus. As the 2014 Winter Olympic Games drew closer, Anonymous-affiliated Twitter accounts branded the group a “terrorist supporter from Dagestan” and embarked on a separate OpSochi campaign focused on highlighting animal abuses.
As identified in the above temporal visualization, on February 6th, specific targets for OpSochi were posted on justpaste.it/OpSochi. These include olympic.org and sochi2014.com.
OpSochi v. OpPaybackforSotchi2014/NoSochi2014: Anonymous Caucasus seeks to highlight Russian atrocities during the Caucasian War (1817-64) in OpPaybackforSotchi2014 while OpSochi (a campaign supported by LegionOps, the European Cyber Army and Anonymous) seeks to highlight animal cruelty (captured orcas for entertainment at the Games) and the killing of stray dogs in Sochi. On February 4th, LegionOps claimed to have downed over 700 sites as part of OpSochi.
Who then is Anonymous Caucasus?: It appears that there are two distinct voices for Anonymous Caucasus, the self-proclaimed “Electronic Army” of the Caucasus Emirate (a Designated Terrorist Organization by both the US and Russia). This was demonstrated this afternoon, as the @Anony_Caucasus Twitter account sought contact with @AnonCaucasus.
The Threat: While an understanding of the rationale behind these attacks can be useful, the targets remain the same: Russian government and Olympic-associated sites. Of note, Olympic sponsors have been discussed in Open Source as a potential target.
Additional Reading: Our Sunday Sochi 2014 post provides further information on Anonymous Caucasus and Caucasus Emirate.