Hackers will attack anyone, any organization, or anything that seems to offer the promise of something in exchange for the time spent: money, resources, revenge…the list goes on. However, for many hackers the kicker for choosing somewhere to hit is some level of challenge, some sort of excitement. After all, why attack a boring site when there is one out there literally begging you to attack it? Such is the case with GrapheneOS, which bills itself as:
The private and secure mobile operating system with Android app compatibility.GrapheneOS Website
According to Multiple DDoS Attacks at GrapheneOS — What’s Going On Behind the Scenes?, GrapheneOS has recently endured multiple attacks. I verified the story on Twitter from a post by GrapheneOS. Such an attack can happen to anyone at any time. Keeping a low profile seems prudent, but not always possible (as is the case here). One of the things I stressed when writing Machine Learning Security Principles is that anything an organization can do to make attacks harder and less attractive will only reduce the security burden of the organization in the long run. Keeping a low profile tends to make an attack less attractive.
The reason that I was attracted to this particular DDoS attack is that GrapheneOS is using Synapse, an AI-based product. The article, Synapse Technology Corporation: Using AI to Take a Good Look at Airport Security, tells you a bit more about the history of this product. In looking at the Synapse website, you can see that they have some interesting customers, including the military and government. Oddly enough, I’m not seeing any other reports of major problems with Synapse. The problem must be with the GrapheneOS security setup.
The bottom line is that if a hacker decides to break into your organization, it’ll happen at some point no matter how good your security systems are, which means that it’s essential to combine security with monitoring and analysis of attack vectors. Keeping a low profile is essential too because hackers, like the most of the rest of us, love a good challenge. Reviewing attacks like the ones targeted at GrapheneOS can help you improve your own security setup. Let me know your thoughts on AI-based security at [email protected].