Cana­dian gov­ern­ment says its web­sites were hacked; no data stolen

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

Hack­ers dis­rupted Cana­dian gov­ern­ment web­sites for sev­eral hours on Wed­nes­day, se­nior of­fi­cials said, but de­nied that any per­sonal data had been com­pro­mised in the cy­ber­at­tack.

The hacker col­lec­tive Anony­mous took re­spon­si­bil­ity in an online video, say­ing it was done in protest of a con­tro­ver­sial anti- terror law that dra­mat­i­cally ex­pands the pow­ers and reach of Canada’s spy agency.

The gov­ern­ment’s public web­site for ap­ply­ing for so­cial ser­vices and down­load­ing of­fi­cial forms was briefly shut down in the cy­ber­at­tack, Trea­sury Board Pres­i­dent Tony Cle­ment said in a Twit­ter mes­sage, while those of Par­lia­ment, In­dus­try Canada and Public Works also ap­peared to be down.

“Con­firmed to­day that the Govt of Canada GC servers have been cy­ber­at­tacked,” Cle­ment tweeted.

Steven Blaney, min­is­ter for public safety, con­firmed that other gov­ern­ment web­sites had also been hit, but said in­di­vid­u­als’ in­for­ma­tion was safe.

“The cy­ber­at­tack and cy­ber­se­cu­rity is an is­sue that we take said.

“We are in­creas­ing our re­sources and po­lice to be bet­ter equipped to face cy­ber­at­tacks, whether they are com­ing from hack­ers from a group, po­ten­tially, that has said they did it to­day, ( or) state- spon­sored or ter­ror­ist en­ti­ties.”

Bill C- 51, said the group of hack­ers, vi­o­lates Cana­di­ans’ civil rights, and tar­gets “mi­nor­ity groups and dis­si­dents.”

“Do we trade our pri­vacy for se­cu­rity?” asked an elec­tron­i­cally masked voice in the video.

The bill was en­acted in re­sponse to the first terror at­tacks on Cana­dian soil last Oc­to­ber, when a gun­man killed a cer­e­mo­nial guard and stormed par­lia­ment, and a soldier was run over in ru­ral Que­bec.

How­ever it has been widely de­cried as over­reach­ing and an un­prece­dented as­sault on civil rights.

It crim­i­nal­izes the pro­mo­tion of ter­ror­ism, makes it eas­ier for po­lice to ar­rest and de­tain in­di­vid­u­als with­out charge, and ex­pands the Cana­dian Se­cu­rity In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice’s ( CSIS) man­date from in­tel­li­gence- col­lec­tion to ac­tively thwart­ing terror plots and spy­ing out­side Canada.

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