State computers were the target of a cyber attack before security forces launched an operation to contain rioting and looting Saturday during the fourth night of demonstrations after the death of George Floyd, Minnestoa Gov. Tim Walz said on Sunday, The Hill reported.
Walz stressed the extremely organized manner in which the groups involved in the vandalism, looting and destruction operated, insisting that the cyber “denial of service” attack on computer systems was “not somebody sitting in their basement,” according to the StarTribune.
“There are outside folks in there,” he said, adding that “We’ll get more data on that” to determine whether or not they’re from Minnesota.
Walz and other officials in the state have been claiming that much of the unrest is being caused by non-Minnesota residents, but State Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington said only approximately 20 percent of the some 100 arrests overnight were from out of state, The Hill reported.
Floyd, an unarmed black man who was handcuffed, was pinned face-down on the pavement Monday with Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin’s foot on his neck for more than eight minutes, despite Floyd’s cries that he was unable to breathe.
Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, while the three other policemen who were taking part in the arrest have been fired from their jobs but not charged.
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