Among the uproar brought on by the murder of George Floyd in the United States, “hacktivist” group Anonymous have resurfaced to add their voice.
In a video released by the group on 28 May, Anonymous threatens the Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) following the murder of George Floyd by one of their police officers, which has sparked a massive escalation of nationwide civil unrest.
Many, including Anonymous, want the officers involved in the murder of Floyd to be brought to justice. Thus far, only one of four have received punishment and been arrested.
“People have had enough of this corruption and violence from an organisation that promises to keep them safe,” said Anonymous in the video. “These officers must face criminal charges.”
“Unfortunately, we do not trust your corrupt organisation to carry out justice so we will be exposing your many crimes to the world,” they added.
Watch the video here:
Anonymous message for the American Spring.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) May 31, 2020
— Victor Mochere (@VictorMochere) May 31, 2020
The MPD website was taken offline on Saturday, 30 May. However, the hacktivist group have not claimed responsibility for this.
Anonymous formed in 2003 on 4chan and comprised of hackers from across the world. In the beginning, the group partook most commonly in protests, pranks and hacks which were meant for entertainment purposes. One of their first victims was the Church of Scientology, according to ExpressVPN.
As things progressed, the group became more involved in social issues, targeting large organisations including government agencies in the USA, Tunisia, and Uganda. They have also publicly supported WikiLeaks and the Occupy movement.
The group are not a formalised structure with those involved participating in its decentralised project. Members in videos and out in public are often seen wearing the Guy Fawks mask known from the graphic novel and film, V for Vendetta.
Many publications have praised Anonymous for their work in combating cyber jihadists and for their efforts in the terror attacks associated with Charlie Hebdo, according to Bustle.
Image: Screenshot from video