Members of the Anonymous hacking collective announced this past Saturday plans to synchronize and coordinate cyber-attacks on official institutions on the same dates as Black Lives Matter protests.
The racial tensions in the US are reaching peak points after the recent, very suspicious, and public deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.
These incidents triggered nationwide protests from the Black Lives Matter movement, with the most famous one ending in a bloodbath, after a former military member ambushed and killed five police officers in Dallas, Texas.
Regardless of this tragic incident, the Black Lives Matter movement plans to continue with protests over the coming days. The most important day is next Friday, July 15, when the group has scheduled 37 protests in cities across the US.
Anonymous announces support for Black Lives Matter protests
In a tweet posted online via its many Twitter accounts, the Anonymous hacker collective has shown support for the movement. The group plans to launch cyber-attacks on the same day of the protests.
After the death of Alton Sterling, a hacker by the name of 0x2Taylor released over 50,000 records that he claimed to be from the Baton Rouge police. The data contained details such as full names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses.
“The entire global collective of Anonymous is outraged at these vicious murders,” the Anonymous statement reads. “The time has come to draw a line in the sand and say enough is enough.”
Anonymous prepares to dump data on St. Anthony and the Baton Rouge Police Departments
The group then goes on to address the police departments in the towns where the two killings took place. “To the St. Anthony and the Baton Rouge Police Departments, we’ve already launched attacks on your virtual infrastructure. We are prepared to release every single piece of evidence that will expose your corruption and blatant disregard for human life.”
Softpedia will not link to the YouTube video that the Anonymous hacker collective posted online since it contains the very graphic deaths of Sterling and Castile. Below is the entire statement copy-pasted from the Anonymous video description.
At the start of May, Ghost Squad Hackers, at that time a subdivision of the Anonymous hacker collective, attacked the Black Lives Matter website, calling the group racists and saying that “all lives matter.” Ghost Squad Hackers left Anonymous in late-June.