Minister, watchdog differ on Anonymous probe
Canada’s public safety minister says he fully trusts British Columbia’s police watchdog to investigate threats against the RCMP by members of the hacktivist group Anonymous.
But it appears Steven Blaney doesn’t have his facts right because the Independent Investigations Office says it will only investigate the police shooting in Dawson Creek, B.C., not the actions of Anonymous.
When questioned by reporters in Delta, B.C., about an investigation into the group’s claim of revenge against the RCMP officer who shot the man, Blaney said that was the job of the IIO.
IIO spokeswoman Kellie Kilpatrick says the watchdog’s mandate is to look into the actions of police officers, not the claims by Anonymous.
Blaney shrugged off questions about his government’s response after members of Anonymous claimed responsibility for shutting down the national RCMP website for several hours on Sunday.
Blaney says there are many ways to express views in Canada and every threat is taken seriously and dealt with appropriately by the agency concerned.
He says the government is constantly monitoring cyber security and cyber attacks and in their last budget increased resources to improve government security as well as work with the private sector.