The terror attacks that struck Belgium and France also kicked off a period of increased cyber attack activity in both countries, according to a report by Cytegic.
The research firm's March intelligence report confirmed the company's prediction that cyber attacks would rise in these nations. Cytegic found political activist groups, like Anonymous, were the most active, followed by nation-states and cyber-terrorists or those affiliated with ISIS.
The most targeted industries after the attacks were government, media, banking, finance, critical infrastructure and defense. Cytegic noted that after the Brussels' incident the primary actors were financial hackers, political activists, political cyber warriors and cyber terrorists. This was very similar to what happened after the November 2015 Paris incident.
“Our analysis not only confirmed our thesis regarding the effect the Brussels attacks had on the cyber-activity within Belgium, but it also revealed it resonated throughout the world, especially in North America,” Cytegic wrote.