Ghost Squad, a hacking group spawned from the Anonymous hacktivist collective, claims it took down the official websites of the Black Lives Matter movement on 29 and 30 April in a protest against actions taken by some of the campaign’s supporters.

According to Waqas Amir, a cybersecurity journalist based in Dubai and founder of HackRead, Ghost Squad conducted a series of persistent Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against the official websites of the Black Lives Matter movement, beginning on Friday 29 April.

The DDoS attacks caused the web host for blacklifematters.org to completely suspend the domain, while the blacklivesmatter.com domain had its homepage defaced. Then, on 30 April, the Ghost Squad hackers took down the domain of blacklivesmatter.com worldwide again and posted proof on Twitter. Visitors who managed to access the domain received the message: “We’re making a few updates and we’ll be back shortly!”

Twitter user @_s1ege, one of the Ghost Squad members behind the attack, told HackRead: “We targeted the Black Lives Matter Movement. We have been watching several members of their movement hold racist signs and attack innocent individuals over cultural appropriation while speaking English.

“I, s1ege, started this operation after attacking the KKK [because] I realised the individuals in the Black Lives Matter movement were acting no better – some even promote genocide of the Caucasian race. This will not be tolerated. What angered me and the other members of Ghost Squad was that the leaders also do not speak on this topic. This was not the dream of Martin Luther King Jr, and should not be supported or promoted by any movement. All Lives Matter!”

Source: Anonymous takes down Black Lives Matter website to make point that ‘All Lives Matter’

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