Anonymous hacktivists have taken down the website of Atlanta’s police department following the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks last Friday.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the APD’s site was down for almost 3 hours on Sunday morning. The outage happened around 8:30 a.m., following an announcement from a Twitter account named Anonymous USA.
The Anonymous group tweeted that they have taken action against Atlanta PD for the execution of Rayshard Brooks and that they call for the arrest of the two murderers.
On 25th May, the killing of George Floyd while in custody with Minneapolis police also sparked nationwide protests and outrage. The anonymous hackers threatened to “expose the many crimes” of Minneapolis police. Later, the Minneapolis PD site and the parent City of Minneapolis site suffered a DDos attack.
Even though Anonymous did not claim responsibility for taking down the website, an account claiming affiliation with the group retweet the news it was down.
The attack on Atlanta PD is considered to be an embarrassment for the city, after it spent heavily on its response to the ransomware attack on their IT network, destroying years of police dashcam video.
Attributing any action to Anonymous is impossible due to its loosely affiliated organization. Since self-styled members can join the cause simply by saying they are doing so, it makes any action claimed by an Anonymous affiliate essentially attributed.
The Atlanta PD website has limited access suggests that any attack may have come from outside the U.S.