- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Hackers from the notorious Anonymous collective have targeted several North Carolina government websites to protest the state’s so-called bathroom law.

The domains ncgov.org, ncgov.net, ncgov.com, np.nc.gov, governor.state.nc.us, and northcarolina.gov were inaccessible on Monday, but the state’s main site remained fully online, CNN reported.

The attack was in response to a controversial new state law, officially called the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act (or HB2), which requires people to use public bathrooms based on their gender at birth.

“It is not only an operation against the bathroom bill — this is an operation against all the laws against LGBT. [The] reason for launching the attacks was making North Carolina aware that we are here to fight and ready to fight to the end,” the hacker behind the attacks, dubbed “OpLGBT,” told IBTimes UK. “North Carolina is just the start.”

The hacker used a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, commonly used by Anonymous, to disrupt government websites perceived to be related to the bathroom bill, IBTimes reported.

The @OpLGBT Twitter account was created to publicize the ongoing attacks: “F*** you North Carolina main govt website [for] making strong anti-gay laws!” read the first tweet, IBTimes reported.

Anonymous is known for launching similar politically motivated cyberattacks. The “hacktivist” collective has targeted presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, the Ku Klux Klan and the Islamic State terror group.

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