#BlackLivesMatter: Anonymous take down Austin city government websites


#GeorgeFloydProtests Anonymous take down yet another city, Austin government websites down through DDoS attack

The protests against the African American, GeorgeFloyd’s murder in custody are continuing in the United States. We have already detailed how the hacking group, Anonymous is doing its bit by taking down the Minneapolis Police Department website, the United Nations website, the Chicago PD police scanners, and also leaked the Jeffery Epstein’s Little Black Book diary.

Today, the Anonymous hacker group attacked the City of Austin’s websites and took them down. The City official said that austintexas.gov website went offline since early Thursday morning. The official claimed that Anonymous hacktivists took credit, claiming it was a protest against the Austin Police Department.

The website austintexas.gov is still offline. Anonymous said that they have taken down the Austin PD website as well but it seems to work as of now. The hackers’ group tweeted at 4:46 a.m. taking credit for it, then again at 5:45 a.m. saying “@Austin_Police you should have expected us!” and included hashtags regarding the murder of George Floyd. They also mentioned Austin police shooting and critically injuring 20-year-old Justin Howell.

The City Council was expected to hold a meeting at 10 a.m. to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and its impact on Austin PD. Hundreds of Austin citizens have signed up to speak during a special meeting related to the Austin Police Department’s response to police brutality protests last weekend.

David Green, an official of Austin city council said that the meeting would go on as it will be held through a different server. However, the officials are Austin citizens to use the direct link to view the meeting.

“We’re seeing a high volume of web traffic and the IT folks are working on it,” Green said. “It’s too early to tell an actual cause at this point.”

Green things like bill pay, AE, or other sites not immediately hosted on austintexas.gov, remain accessible but are currently witnessing continued traffic probably from Anonymous DDoS attack. He added that the Austin IT department was working “furiously” to fix the video issues so the public could watch and the meeting could begin. It started a little after 10:20 a.m.

The Anonymous hacker group has said that they have taken down websites of Minnesota Bank and Trust and United Minnesota Bank, but those sites were back up as of this writing.

This is a developing story and we will keep you updated.


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