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Protest goes online in Minneapolis as city, police websites hit by cyberattacks

Updated: May 1, 2023

"The clash is now online in Minneapolis. 

Cyberattacks struck city government and law enforcement computers as mass anger over the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died after a Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into his neck, led to major protests there. 

The operation, known as a denial of service attack, rendered websites for Minneapolis police and some city agencies inaccesibles for hours by overwhelming them with a flood of web traffic. A similar attack struck state computer systems but was less effective. 

The attacks demonstrate how hacker activists who are willing to skirt the law can frequently amplify protests against police and government. The sometimes-violent protests and clashes with police led to thousands of arrests in cities across the nation, including Washington and Atlanta."

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