Possible hacktivists over the weekend may have taken advantage of the civic unrest and protests taking place in Minneapolis, temporarily crippling two city websites in the wake of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer who has been arrested on murder charges.

The websites of the city of Minneapolis and its police department were rendered temporarily inoperable last Saturday, reported Bloomberg, and the next morning online visitors reportedly were greeted by a “captcha” requirement to verify they weren’t bots.

The website outages followed a threat by the hacktivist group Anonymous, which publicly threatened retaliation over Floyd's death, which has prompted widespread protests across the nation. There is no confirmed connection, however, between the Anonymous threat and the apparent cyberattacks on Minneapolis institutions.

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