Minnesota is witnessing a surge in cyberattacks as hackers are trying to induce political unrest and pressure on the law enforcement after the death of George Floyd on May 25th, 2020.
But Minnesota’s Security Operations Center says that all the attacks launched on the government infrastructure of the state have been thwarted or neutralized after they learned that the hackers were targeting the government servers with DDoS- distributed denial of service attacks.
A source from the MNIT, a state Information Technology Agency say that the surge in attacks has been witnessed from the day a white police officer knelt on the neck of a black man named George Floyd leading to his death and a backlash from a certain section of the populace about the racial discrimination.
MNIT is the same organization that works closely with the Public Safety Department and the intelligence unit of the federal government.
Tarek Tomes, the Chief Information Officer of the State and Commissioner of MNIT have confirmed the news, and Gov. Tim Walz has confirmed it in the briefing of Sunday morning.
Note- Many Americans from Minnesota and neighboring states started to sympathize with the George Floyd Death Scene which was being circulated on social media and via various media resources since Saturday. And Minnesota’s law enforcement department felt that the surge in cyberattacks could have been the work of some tech geeks who retaliated the death of African-American man’ after seeing the circulated George Floyd Video Tape on Twitter and WhatsApp. As they wanted to create political unrest in the state they might have launched DDoS attacks to retaliate the deed of Police Officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost 9 minutes causing traumatic asphyxia- thus death.