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Anonymous is back

by on02 June 2020

Seems to be a busy time

"Hacktivist" group Anonymous has returned from the shadows and is promising to expose the "many crimes" of the Minneapolis city's police to the world.

For those who came in late, Anonymous was once a regular in the news, targeting those it accused of injustice with cyber-attacks. After a few arrests the network quietened down but now it says it is open for business and various forms of cyber-attack are being attributed to Anonymous in relation to the George Floyd protests.

Minneapolis police department website was temporarily taken offline over the weekend in a suspected Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack which used to be Anonymous's number one tool. A database of email addresses and passwords claiming to be hacked from the police department's system is also in circulation, and being linked to Anonymous. However, there is no evidence that the police servers have been hacked and one researcher, Troy Hunt, says the credentials are likely to have been compiled from older data breaches.

A page on the website of a minor United Nations agency has been turned into a memorial for Floyd, replacing its contents with the message "Rest in Power, George Floyd", along with an Anonymous logo. On Twitter, unverified posts have also gone viral, apparently showing police radios playing music and preventing communication. However, experts suggest it is unlikely to be a hack, and could instead be the result of a stolen piece of hardware being commandeered by protesters on the scene -- if the videos are genuine in the first place.

Anonymous activists are circulating years-old accusations against President Donald [I am heading to my bunker until the nasty people go away] Trump, taken from documents in a civil court case that was voluntarily dismissed by the accuser before it went to trial.

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