Did Russo-China Increase CyOps in Response to Ie Shima Exercise?

The following is a thought-bubble: An idea that is not fully formed but is interesting to throughout to the masses in much the same way a soliloquy in a Shakesperian play would be.

The US Military recently conducted a rapid island invasion exercise on March 14.

An F-35B Lightning II fighter aircraft with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 being refuelled at a Forward Arming and Refuelling Point during simulated Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations at Ie Shima Training Facility on March 14. Picture: US Marines

Three days later we see a rapid increase in the tempo of attacks blocked by the Wordfence network. This almost doubles the load of detected attacks.

The Island of Ie Shima is off the South coast of Japan, East of Taiwan.

Ie Shima Airfield in comparison to the South China Sea.

I caution correlation is not causation. However, it is interesting to note that through the lens of hybrid warfare, an apparent physical exercise has had a cyber effect. What’s more, these attacks are broad spectrum, effecting all economic users of WordPress sites in general.

Now an equally likely hypothesis for this increase in Wordfence traffic could be the recent divulgence of significant attacks.

Two recent attack vectors have been announced in the last week: the Easy WP SMTP Plugin and the Social Warfare Plugin Zero-Day.

These attacks on the Wordfence could be attackers now taking advantage of these new vectors and thus, we see a cumulative increase in overall traffic, trying to take advantage of unpatched blogs.

Whatever the cause of these attacks, approaching problems through the lens of hybrid warfare gleans new, sometimes informative, interpretations.

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