An yearly religious company held in Atlanta in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day was disrupted by a cyber-attack.
Threat actors reportedly targeted a Shabbat support that was being broadcast dwell more than the internet from Atlanta synagogue The Temple on January 15. The attack happened as US Senator-elect Raphael Warnock, the pastor at Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, was providing a sermon.
Folks making an attempt to enjoy the services reside by way of the Temple’s website had been not able to entry it, according to a letter penned by the synagogue’s president, Kent Alexander.
Writing to the congregation on Saturday, Alexander said: “To the numerous of you who attempted to log on as a result of the Temple site but could not, and missed the assistance, we apologize and want to provide an explanation.
“Our website assistance supplier knowledgeable our govt director, Mark Jacobson, final night that ‘malicious consumer agents’ had continually loaded the Temple internet site with the objective of shutting it down.”
Alexander did not title the provider service provider but extra that he had been advised that the attack was the “biggest-ever attack impacting the provider’s network of consumer synagogues” and that web-sites throughout the United States had also been blocked.
“Finally, access was restored for all, but The Temple was past,” the director wrote. “Our web page was down for in excess of an hour into the assistance.”
The incident is at the moment under investigation by the authorities. Alexander theorized that the attack was motivated by religious and racial bigotry.
Immediately after highlighting that Warnock will shortly turn into Georgia’s first African American senator, Alexander wrote: “Presumably, The Temple was singled out by a racist and anti-Semitic group or particular person bent on silencing our joint Temple-Ebenezer Baptist Church MLK Jr. Shabbat.”
The Temple was started in 1867 and is situated in the city’s midtown. An once-a-year Martin Luther King Jr. Day Shabbat provider has been hosted there for more than a ten years.
In 1958, the Temple’s north entrance was bombed by the “Accomplice Underground” in an incident denounced by then President Dwight Eisenhower. The bomb, created using 50 sticks of dynamite, brought about injury valued at $750k today.
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