Ghost Squad Hackers take over Michigan government websites
Over 20 Michigan government websites were hacked on Sunday evening to display a message calling for the release of imprisoned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.
A Twitter account for Ghost Squad Hackers tweeted about the website takeover shortly before 7 p.m. Sunday. “Michigan government server hacked, over 20+ city/town websites hacked.,” the tweet said.
Ghost Squad Hackers is a collective of unidentified hackers, many of whom have roots with the “hacktivist” group Anonymous. The group’s de facto leader last month told Indian news website The Wire that the group’s “prime intent and focus is on anti-governmental and organisation cyber protests within current involvements of media speculation and real life happenings.” Recently it hacked Indian government sites, and the group has reportedly targeted the U.S. military and terrorist group ISIS in years past.
20+ Michigan city/town government webpages were taken over by “hacktivist” group Ghost Squad Hackers on August 13, 2020. The webpages displayed this message.