The infamous hacktivist group was trending on Twitter after the George Floyd protests erupted across the US.
It is official. Anonymous is back and it looks like they mean business this time. The hacker collective group was once a regular name in mainstream media and targeted people who are accused of injustice with cyber-attacks. After staying relatively quiet for three years, the group has emerged again during the wake of violent protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd. The hacker group also promised to expose "many crimes" of the city police to the world.
So who is Anonymous? They call themselves 'Hacktivist collective' and they have no face and no leader. They simply go by the tagline "we are legion", which potentially means they are a large group of individuals. This also means the members of the group have wildly different priorities and they don't adhere to one single agenda. But largely, these activists aim at those who are accused of misusing their power. What Anonymous does is that they reveal all these atrocious activities in a very public way.
Hijacked chicago police radio plays NWA's "Fuck The Police" pic.twitter.com/I3NWWYZwem— doomer zoomer (@doomerzoomeer) May 31, 2020
They announced their comeback by taking down the website of the Minneapolis Police Department and warned the US government that they would reveal more of its secrets if it didn't deliver justice in the death of George Floyd. A message was also posted in the form of a video clip where they threatened to expose US secrets. Both the websites claimed to be taken down by the hacker group were inaccessible on Saturday as almost the entire country protested against police brutality that specifically targets the African-American community, reported Time.
The Minneapolis PD website has been taken offline by Anonymous & they're threatening to take down any government website for any organization attacking protestors— William LeGate (@williamlegate) May 31, 2020
The video was posted both on Twitter and Facebook where they addressed Minneapolis police and severely criticized them for their horrible track record of violence and corruption. In the video, a guy was seen wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, a well-known symbol of the group. The narrator was heard saying, "Sadly, in the vast majority of police killings, the only one left alive to tell the story is the officer who took the person’s life."
He continued, "This travesty has gone on for far too long... and now the people have had enough. This week’s brutal killing of George Floyd, which has sparked protests and national outrage, is just the tip of the iceberg in a long list of high profile cases of wrongful deaths at the hands of officers in your state. We do not trust your corrupt organization to carry out justice, so we will be exposing your many crimes to the world. We are a legion. Expect us.”
Also, @NYGovCuomo's ridiculous spiteful political motivated attack against @nycmayor regarding #GeorgeFloyd protests shows you how bullsh*t politics have become at the local and state levels. It's not just a Republican problem. The hacks need to go.— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) June 3, 2020
The group also hacked Chicago PD radios and played F*&^k the Police to stop them from communicating with each other as the protests broke out through their city. This group first made its debut in the early 2000s and is thought to have emerged from message board 4chan. They took on popular nexuses like ISIS, FBI, Clintons, and Scientology. Their other high-profile attacks include MasterCard and Ku Klux Klan.
When Arab Springs happened in 2011, the group took down government websites in Tunisia and Egypt and they also cost PayPal in millions in the wake of Julian Assange’s Wikileaks in 2012. Back in 2006, the group also exposed white nationalist figurehead, Hal Turner, as an FBI informant. In their recent appearance, Anonymous also claimed to have proof that Donald Trump was involved with child trafficker Epstein extensively, and that Princess Diana was killed by the royal family.