Min­is­ter, watchdog dif­fer on Anony­mous probe

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

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.

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