Cyber Attacks surge due to George Floyd death

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All those websites which were promoting anti-racism were deluged by cyberattacks over the last weekend due to the death of George Floyd who lost his life due to the negligent behavior of a cop named Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis on May 25th, 2020.

 

American website security company Cloudflare says that there was no surprise witnessing a surge in cyber attacks, as protests across the world and violence spark such attacks over the web on a profuse note.

 

According to the security experts of Cloudflare, the number of malevolent Https requests blocked by Cloudflare software surged by 111,900% over the last weekend, which was otherwise during the corresponding period in April.

 

Cloudflare confirmed that many of the anti-racism campaign groups were inundated with malicious requests over the weekend, disrupting the fair operations of some websites to a large extent.

 

If a website gets hit by 20,000 requests per second at a single point, then it leads to a DDoS attack where the servers are targeted by overwhelmed network traffic which is fake and is non- professional.

 

Cloudflare has specifically highlighted in its report that the attacks on police and fire departments surged by 80%, while the web attacks on military-owned portals surged by 280% in the last week of May 2020.

 

For instance, the Minneapolis Police website was cyber-attacked by a hacktivist group named ‘Anonymous’ in the last weekend in retaliation to the words uttered by Donald Trump about George Floyd’s death. Also, the United Nations Agency webpage was defaced on the occasion of Mr. Floyd’s memorial.

 

NOTE-As the San Francisco based company is noted to provide free cyber protection under project ‘Galileo Umbrella’ to websites campaigning for press freedom, women’s rights, and mental health along with anti-racist campaigns, the company is well aware of all the syndicated facts which increased due to the polarized society in recent times.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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