Anonymous Sudan Threatens Continued DDoS Attacks on AO3 Unless Ransom Paid

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The well-known cyber-activist group, Anonymous Sudan, has publicized a threat to escalate Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on Archive of Our Own (AO3), a nonprofit open-source repository for fanworks, including fan fiction and fan art. The announcement came via a statement released on the group’s Telegram channel.

Details of the Threat

The group expressed its intent to continue the DDoS attacks on AO3, accusing the site’s administrators of promoting materials that they claim normalize unethical activities such as pedophilia, LGBTQ, and human trafficking. The group stated it would only stop these attacks if a ransom is paid within a 24-hour deadline.

Anonymous Sudan targets
Anonymous Sudan targets

Anonymous Sudan specified its ransom terms in the form of $30,000 to be deposited into a Bitcoin wallet. Failure to meet these terms, they claim, will result in the site being subjected to DDoS attacks for weeks, as they have purportedly done with other organizations.

AO3 replying to the attack on Twitter
AO3 replying to the attack on Twitter | @AO3_Status

The DDoS Attack

A DDoS attack involves overwhelming a server with traffic, rendering it inaccessible to users. This type of attack can cause severe disruptions and can be difficult to mitigate depending on the volume of traffic and the attacker’s sophistication.

Past Incidents

Anonymous Sudan has a history of using DDoS attacks to express its stance against organizations it perceives as spreading ‘immoral’ content. The group seems to hold an unfaltering conviction that its actions are justified in combating what they see as morally wrong or damaging.

Done reading? Continue with “A Timeline of Anonymous Sudan’s Attacks on Global Sectors“.

Reza Rafati

Reza Rafati, based in the Netherlands, is the founder of An industry professional providing insightful commentary on infosec, cybercrime, cyberwar, and threat intelligence, Reza dedicates his work to bolster digital defenses and promote cyber awareness.

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