Anti-Trump Tirade Precedes Takedown of Trump Tower Website

December 16, 2015

By Joe Rizzo - Contributing Writer

On December 11, the website for New York’s Trump Tower reported an outage that lasted for over an hour. Considering that the website for the 68-story Trump Towers is often used for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, we can surmise that the down time had an impact.

Anonymous is a decentralized virtual community, a loose-knit international network of activist hackers. They are commonly referred to as an internet based collective of hacktivists whose goals, like its organization, are decentralized. 

Anonymous seeks mass awareness and revolution against what the organization perceives as corrupt entities, while attempting to maintain anonymity. Needless to say, Anonymous has had quite a hacktivist impact. Their latest target is Donald Trump.

According to an article in Nation, after a tweet from an account which has been associated with Anonymous hacking stating, “Trump Towers NY site taken down as statement against racism and hatred.www.trumptowerny.com/(what you see is cloudflare offline backup),” was sent out, the website mysteriously went down.

It appears that this action was taken to show the group’s discontent with Trump’s previous remarks concerning banning Muslims from the U.S. In his usual loud, not-to-be-not-heard, manner, Trump suggested that Muslims temporarily be barred from entering the U.S. This comes on the heels of Syrian refugees looking to find sanctuary in the states.

A Republican presidential front-runner, Donald Trump issued a campaign press release stating, “Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on.” On CNN, Trump claimed, “I’m doing good for the Muslims.”

There are many occurrences that cause networks and websites to go down. Usually it is due to a power outage associated with inclement weather. However, there are other causes, such as the cyberattack mentioned above. When a problem such as these occur, it becomes vitally important to have some sort of uninterruptable power supply (UPS).

Regardless of whether you run a large enterprise, a small home office, or have personal data, when the power goes out, followed by spikes when it comes back on, having a UPS should be a no-brainer. It is the easier, most efficient way to keep from experiencing data losses, or finding that your equipment was damaged beyond repair.

A handle claiming to be “Anonymous Operations” posted a video on YouTube (News - Alert) with the following message, “The more the United States appears to be targeting Muslims, not just radical Muslims, you can be sure that ISIS will be putting that on their social media campaign. Donald Trump think twice before you speak anything. You have been warned Mr. Donald Trump.”

Considering this statement, it is probably a sure bet that Trump can expect similar occurrences in the future. Having solid backups and a reliable UPS in place should be normal operating procedure.

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