Human Rights Groups Suffer Surge in Attacks, Post-George Floyd Protests


US advocacy groups are experiencing a surge in cyber attacks after the murder of George Floyd, with Cloudflare recording a 26 percent increase in cyber attacks on human rights groups.

Over May 30/31 Cloudflare blocked 135,535,554,303 HTTP requests “performing DDoS or trying to break into websites, apps or APIs”. (That’s ten times more blocked requests per second than Google’s typical entire search volume over the same period, Cloudflare suggested.

Of this onslaught, the highest hit group by far were advocacy groups, who experienced a 1100X increase; some going from no attacks at all to 20,000 requests

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