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Attack Date Location
Wednesday 06 January 2021 Brazil (Sao Paulo)
Target organisation Attack category
Repórter Brasil Active attack
DDoS (Denial of Service attack)

Additional notes on attack

"between 6th and 12th January 2021, unidentified attackers orchestrated a DDoS attack on the website of Repórter Brasil, an investigative reporting and human rights organisation....During those days, the outlet received anonymous emails threatening further attacks if they did not remove all reporting from 2003 to 2005. The period’s coverage includes reporting on labour conditions of rural workers, slavery and gold mining in Pará state, the impact of a hydroelectric plant in Minas Gerais state, and human trafficking."

Harm Notes
Harm to digital capacity, Psychological harm Harm to digital capacity - target's website was disrupted by DDoS attacks Psychological harm - attacks were part of a wider campaign of intimidation aimed at warning off coverage of human-rights abuses in Brazil
Actor type
Attacker agenda
Other: Unknown - comes against a backdrop of conservative government crackdown on progressive elements of Brazilian society