Hacker suspected of crashing forum on police, protests and racism


hackedAn attempt by the state’s lead law enforcement officer, Attorney General Aaron Ford, to join police and community leaders to discuss protests, riots and arrests in the wake of the Minnesota death of George Floyd at the hands of police, was aborted when hackers allegedly crashed the forum. 

“We’re having technical difficulties,” Ford said, after cutting out and restarting the live stream several times. “Our IT team is telling us that someone is trying to hack in, potentially, to obstruct this call.” 

The discussion is being recorded instead and will be posted to Ford’s Facebook page, according to his spokeswoman, Monica Moazez.  

Other participants include Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam and NAACP of Las Vegas President Roxann McCoy. 

The group Anonymous is reportedly engaged in a series of hacking events, according to news reports, including taking down the Minneapolis Police Department’s website.

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Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.