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The website of an administration responsible for wind energy is victim of a denial of service [...]
Day Month Year Country Activity Incident Type
20 May 2023 United Arab Emirates Administration Denial of Service


The victim, a fovernment entity from the UAE, is a claimed by a hacktivist group as having been targeted by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack during a campain targeting multiple government websites of the victim. The claim came forth on 20th May 2023, accompanied by evidence shared on the actor’s Telegram post to validate the successful execution of the DDoS attack. This proof was in the form of links to a utility platform that confirms the real-time availability and responsiveness of a domain or IP address.

According to sources, the aforementioned hacktivist group has a history of leveraging DDoS attacks against institutions and governmental infrastructures. The motivation behind such attacks often stems from political issues, with other groups like 'Anonymous Sudan' showing parallels in their targeting patterns, particularly influenced by geopolitical circumstances.


UAE Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure

Claimed/Reported Threat Actor

Mysterious Team Bangladesh



Main impact



Recommendations to Administration to reduce Denial of Service risks:

  • Implement rate limiting and traffic filtering to mitigate the impact of incoming malicious traffic.
  • Check with your IT service provider that the resilience of its systems against such attack was tested.
  • Regularly monitor network traffic and set up alerting for unusual patterns or spikes.
  • Diversify your server locations and use fail-over systems to ensure service availability in case of an attack.
  • Establish an incident response plan to quickly mitigate and recover from DoS attacks.
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