#BLM Targeted By Racist Cyber Attacks

Civil liberties organisations are being  targeted by alt-right activists as protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands at the hands of Minneapolis police officers have spread across the US

Organisations advocating for racial justice and civil liberties are coming under frequent and sustained cyber attack by undisclosed groups of trolls, cyber criminals and other threat actors. Protests groups such as Black Lives Matter (BLM), have been the target o DDoS attacks with thousands of zombie machines to knock their websites offline. 

A DDoS attack is designed to take its target offline by bombarding its server, website or other network resource with connection requests or malformed packets, forcing it to slow down or crash altogether, thereby denying service to legitimate users.

Security experts at Deflect Labs  can trace much of the malicious traffic back to botnets and malicious scripts run by the Ghost Squad hacking collective, who very publicly denounced Black Lives Matter. But Deflect has written that their efforts were largely futile.  

Cloudflare are reported to have seen increasing levels of cyber attacks against many organisations fighting racism, numbering in the tens of billions, compared with previous times. It has a number of such public interest groups on its books, and supports those that may be at risk of cyber attack but not necessarily able to afford full-service cyber security protection through its Project Galileo service, which was set up in 2014 in the face of a trend of disproportionate attacks against those advocating for marginalised groups, political dissidents, artistic groups and humanitarian organisations.

Cloudflare did not identify any specific groups that might be attacking advocacy organisations, but some of the attacks will very likely have been organised by small-time internet trolls with links to the far right. It is also possible that some of the activity could have been orchestrated by nation state-backed threat actors in China or Russia seeking an opportunity to destabilise the US still further.

Advocacy groups promoting the Black Lives Matter message weren’t the only recipients of DDoS attacks during the period. Cloudflare said it also recorded a 1.8-times increase in attacks on government sites and a 3.8-times increase in malicious traffic targeting military sites during the same period.

Vice:      Computer Weekly:       Information Security Buzz:   Forbes:       Infosecurity Magazine

You Might Also Read: 

Attacks On Anti-Racism Sites Surge:

 

« The Costs Of A Data Breach
WEBINAR: How to improve threat detection and hunting in the AWS Cloud »

Directory of Suppliers

Clayden Law

Clayden Law

Clayden Law are experts in information technology, data privacy and cybersecurity law.

Tenable Network Security

Tenable Network Security

Tenable Network Security - The Rise of the Business-Aligned Security Executive. Is your security operation aligned with the overarching goals of the business?

ZenGRC

ZenGRC

ZenGRC - the first, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade information security solution for compliance and risk management - offers businesses efficient control tracking, testing, and enforcement.

Authentic8

Authentic8

Authentic8 transforms how organizations secure and control the use of the web with Silo, its patented cloud browser.

DigitalStakeout

DigitalStakeout

A simple and cost-effective solution to monitor, investigate and analyze data from the web, social media and cyber sources to identify threats and make better security decisions.

BackupVault

BackupVault

BackupVault is a leading provider of completely automatic, fully encrypted online, cloud backup.

WEBINAR: How to improve threat detection and hunting in the AWS Cloud

WEBINAR: How to improve threat detection and hunting in the AWS Cloud

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - Join SANS and AWS Marketplace to learn the exercise of applying MITRE’s ATT&CK Matrix to the AWS Cloud and how to enhance threat detection and hunting in an AWS environment

CSI Consulting Services

CSI Consulting Services

Get Advice From The Experts: * Training * Penetration Testing * Data Governance * GDPR Compliance. Connecting you to the best in the business.

Jooble

Jooble

Jooble is a job search aggregator operating in 71 countries worldwide. We simplify the job search process by displaying active job ads from major job boards and career sites across the internet.

MIRACL

MIRACL

MIRACL provides the world’s only single step Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) which can replace passwords on 100% of mobiles, desktops or even Smart TVs.

Social-Engineer Inc

Social-Engineer Inc

Social-Engineer is a consulting and training company specializing in the science of social engineering in the context of digital security.

SHI International

SHI International

SHI provides IT services from software and hardware procurement to deployment planning, configuration, data center optimization and security.

Gurucul

Gurucul

Gurucul predictive security analytics protects against insider threats, account compromise and data exfiltration on-premises and in the cloud.

SecureKey Technologies

SecureKey Technologies

SecureKey is a leading identity and authentication provider that simplifies consumer access to online services and applications.

SoftLock

SoftLock

Softlock is a regional leader in Information Security providing solutions, consulting, integration and testing services to protect information assets, identities and supporting infrastructure.

Seavus

Seavus

Seavus is a software development and consulting company with a proven track-record in providing successful enterprise-wide business solutions including Managed Security Services.

Sothis

Sothis

Sothis is an information technology services company offering a range of solutions including cybersecurity, managed security services, information governance and compliance.

ComoNExT Innovation Hub

ComoNExT Innovation Hub

ComoNExT is a Digital Innovation Hub and a startup incubator with a focus on the issues of digital transformation and Industry 4.0.