A shadowy cybercriminal group, identified as Anonymous Arabia, has reportedly launched an attack on Abu Dhabi Airport, claiming to have forced its shutdown. This development is particularly alarming considering that Abu Dhabi Airport is the second busiest in the UAE, trailing only behind Dubai Airport. The alleged cyberattack, purportedly of the DDoS category, introduces a level of uncertainty, as Anonymous Arabia has provided minimal details, maintaining a shroud of mystery around the incident.
Despite the claims, there has been no official confirmation or response from authorities regarding the Abu Dhabi Airport cyberattack at this time. Anonymous Arabia has chosen the dark web as the platform to announce and discuss the alleged cyberattack on Abu Dhabi Airport. A cybersecurity research organization shared a screenshot on X (formerly Twitter), supporting the notion that the attack involved a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) mechanism.
The motivation behind this purported cyberattack is speculated to be linked to the UAE’s position on the Israel-Hamas conflict. The UAE distanced itself from the League of Islamic Nations, which supported actions led by Hamas, and criticized the actions of the group. Efforts to verify the cyberattack with officials have been inconclusive, as no official response has been received thus far. Adding a layer of complexity to Anonymous Arabia’s actions, the cybercriminal group has expanded its scope beyond the Abu Dhabi Airport incident.
Concurrently with the reported cyberattack on the airport, the group targeted the popular video game platform, Rocket League. This vehicular soccer game, developed and published by Psyonix, became another focal point for Anonymous Arabia. The group’s multifaceted targets raise questions about their motives and the potential geopolitical factors influencing their cyber activities. The broader implications of these cyberattacks underscore the persistent challenges posed by cyber threats in critical sectors, emphasizing the need for robust cybersecurity measures to safeguard essential infrastructure.