Ghost Squad hacktivists have conducted a series of some powerful DDoS attacks on the official website of Black Lives Matter movement forcing it to go offline. Black Lives Matter (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African-American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people. In 2013, the movement began with the use of the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter on social media, after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of African-American teen Trayvon Martin.
The first phase of the attack was conducted yesterday and Ghost Squad DDoSed the blacklivesmatter.com and blacklifematters.org. The .org domain was later allegedly suspended by the hosting company. Here is the screenshot which shows the .com domain had its home page completely damaged while the .org domain was suspended due to the DDoS attacks.
The second phase of attack was conducted today and once again Ghost Squad took down the blacklivesmatter.com domain worldwide. They had shared a tweet on this :
The Black Lives Matter (BLM) website is not yet online and displays the follow message for all the visitors :
The Ghost Squad attackers in a talking with the Hack Read said that : “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 (the attack) started this operation after attacking the KKK I realized the individuals in the BLM 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 GhostSquad 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!”