I cannot remember the source, but it was most likely within the comments box for a clip about cyberattacks happening after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It was something along the lines:
- comment: party X moved its hackers closer to the target Y
- reply: cyber attacks do not work as the normal attacks do, it does not matter how far the attacker is from its target
This discussion clearly lacks accuracy, so I will try to clarify as much as I can:
- by hackers, I am interested actually in machines involved in the attack (e.g. infected machines part of DDos)
- by closer I understand geographical distance, although I think the network round-trip is what actually matters here
This made me wonder if the reply is entirely accurate. I think that for most types of attacks, the geographical distance is not that important, but I am wondering if there is any type of attack where being closer makes a difference.
I know that for some specific operations distance between the systems is of great importance, that's why I imagine that for some types of attacks this might matter.