In recent months there have been many protests both in The United States and abroad in regards to the African American community’s interest in police brutality and excessive force allegations. Recent cases, such as The Michael Brown case in Ferguson in Saint Louis, Missouri and the Eric Garner case in New York City, New York and other such related cases that have been mainly favoring the police in the outcomes of recent court cases.
There has been a tremendous number of citizens following these cases through news media, social media and on-line news sources. The police use of excess force seems to be fueling the responses of citizens here and abroad. Social media and the use of the internet have been major players in spreading the news to the public. The public has been inundated with all of the photos and social media posts in regards to the protests across the country. The movement against police brutality and excessive force has become so great that it has attracted the attention of hackers, usually known as “hacktivists.” The hacktivists are now in operational mode and have hosted many operations in aligning them with the various protests.
The hacktivist group known as the “collective” has been launching various types of operations which involve computer attacks. Most of the computer cyber-attacks are distributed denial of service (DDOS), website defacement and breaching attacks. Hacktivists only operate when they feel that official government and public authorities have violated their rights, other people’s rights or have not listened to their demands in their “plight of cause.”
Recently, the protests seem to be calming and slowing down as more evidence related to the events have been made public, and with the horrific double murders of police officers in New York City influencing public opinion. Despite Reverend Al Sharpton’s recent march on Washington a few weeks ago, at the beginning of December, there have not been any recent significant hacktivist operations that have been affiliated with the protesting.
However, that does not mean the hacktivists have stopped operations. There are several notable upcoming hacktivist operations on the horizon. Each hacktivist’s operation has a name and is usually affiliated with an associated protest. Some of these hacktivist operations are known, such as “Theweekofhorror” operation which is scheduled for December 31, and these operations are considered to be on-going; “OpXmas”, “Opshutitdown”, “OpAnonVerdict”, “OpFerguson”, “OpTestet”, and “OpGPII”. There are only two of the listed operations that are showing renewed activity at this time. They are “OpTestet” and “OpGPII”.
As society becomes more inundated and engaged by on-line news and social media, many hacktivists operations will continue. It is up to the public and public services to stay forever vigilant to these types of culturally and ethically charged matters.
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