It’s one thing for hackers to target websites and proudly announce it on social media platforms for all to see. It’s, however, an entirely different thing to leave a digital trail that leads cybersecurity researchers right to their doorsteps.
That’s exactly what happened in the case of a hacktivist under the name of VandaTheGod, who has been attributed to a series of attacks on government websites since July 2019.
In a report shared with The Hacker News, researchers from Check Point said they were able to map VandaTheGod’s activity over the years, and eventually zero down the attacker’s real identity to a Brazilian individual from the city of Uberlândia.
The cybersecurity firm said it notified concerned law enforcement of its findings for further action, adding the social media activities on profiles associated with VandaTheGod came to a halt towards the end of 2019.
A Long Social Media Trail
VandaTheGod has a long history of going after government websites, universities, and healthcare providers. Notably, the attacker claimed to have breached the database of New Zealand’s Tū Ora Compass Health and offered medical details of one million patients for sale on Twitter last…