Hackers Target Twitter (X) in Cyber Attack to Pressure Elon Musk Over Starlink in Sudan

Hacking Group Anonymous Sudan Disrupts Twitter (X) in Multiple Countries


Anonymous Sudan, a hacking collective, orchestrated a cyber attack that led to the temporary shutdown of X (formerly known as Twitter) in over a dozen countries.

The attack, aimed at pressuring Elon Musk into launching his Starlink satellite internet service in Sudan, resulted in X being inaccessible for over two hours, impacting thousands of users.

“Open Starlink in Sudan”: Hackers’ Message to Elon Musk

Posting their message on Telegram, the hackers urged Elon Musk to “Open Starlink in Sudan.” The objective behind this attack was to compel Musk to introduce his Starlink service in Sudan, a demand the hackers sought to broadcast through their actions.


The Rise of Anonymous Sudan: Motivations and Methods


Anonymous Sudan, a hacking group with a mission to benefit Sudan and Islam, utilised relatively unsophisticated Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) techniques to overload X’s servers, rendering the platform inaccessible. This approach aligned with the hacking group’s known methods, characterised by their bluntness and directness.

The attack on X resulted in a substantial disruption, with nearly 20,000 outage reports filed by users in the US and the UK, and likely more affected individuals unreported. The hackers aimed to draw attention to the civil war in Sudan.


Engagement with Anonymous Sudan


Engaging in private conversations on Telegram, the BBC interacted with Anonymous Sudan members, revealing insights into the group’s motives and operational procedures. “Crush,” a prominent member, explained that the attack sought to bring attention to the dire internet situation resulting from the ongoing Sudanese civil war.

Though Anonymous Sudan has been suspected of being a Russian cyber-military unit masquerading as hacktivists, the group presented evidence to BBC that it is indeed based in Sudan. Members Crush and Hofa shared their live location via Telegram, supported by images of their Sudanese passports and screenshots reinforcing their presence within the country.

Crush articulated the group’s aspiration to showcase Sudanese expertise in various fields despite limitations. Anonymous Sudan intended to express gratitude to Russia for its support during Sudan’s challenges, leading the hackers to offer their own form of repayment.



Anonymous Sudan’s Campaign and Global Impact


Since its inception, Anonymous Sudan successfully disrupted various organisations and government services in multiple countries, including France, Nigeria, Israel, and the US. The group’s recent focus on Kenya aimed to confront alleged Sudanese interference by targeting government services. However, this approach drew criticism due to potential harm to innocent civilians.

While Anonymous Sudan claimed its actions aimed to defend truth, Islam, and Sudan, it also engaged in extortion attempts involving Bitcoin. The group targeted platforms it deemed controversial, such as OnlyFans, Tumblr, and Reddit, citing objectionable content. Notably, the hackers celebrated when US cyber authorities issued warnings about their attacks.


Anonymous Sudan on the Global Stage


Anonymous Sudan’s cyber attacks, orchestrated to raise awareness and effect change, highlight the power of hacktivist groups in influencing socio-political agendas.

While employing relatively straightforward techniques, their impact is seen across international platforms, challenging conventional cybersecurity measures and showing the complexity of modern cyber warfare.