A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack crippled the websites and systems of Minneapolis late last week, but no data appears to have been breached.
On Thursday, both employees and residents had issues accessing the city’s website due to the cyberattack, which appears to have been fueled by the police killing of George Floyd.
Most of the systems were restored quickly, and Minneapolis CIO Fadi Fadhil said that the city had proactive measures in place to respond to and mitigate such attacks when they occur. He did not provide information on who is behind the attack.
Over the weekend, as protests erupted across the country, new cyberattacks targeted the city, including some that took down the Minneapolis Police Department’s website on Saturday.
The attacks appear to have been the work of members of the hacktivist movement Anonymous, based on a video posted on Facebook last week, accusing the Minneapolis police of a “horrific track record of violence and corruption.”
“People have had enough of this corruption and violence from an organization that promises to keep them safe. […] Unfortunately, we do not trust your corrupt organization to carry out justice so we will be exposing your many crimes to the world. We are Legion. Expect us,” the speaker says in the video, wearing a hoodie and the Guy Fawkes mask.