Joliette, April 29, 2015 – Earlier today, investigators of the Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) arrested a 27-year-old female believed to be at the origin of a botnet, i.e. a group of computers infected by a virus and remotely controlled by a hacker, after conducting a search at her residence located in Saint-Alphonse-de-Rodriguez.
It is also alleged that the suspect posted videos on YouTube in which she can be seen taking over control of infected computers and frightening victims. It is further alleged that the suspect is the owner of an online hacking forum that has 35,000 users worldwide. This Canadian-based forum was also seized.
Computer equipment was also seized from the residence of the suspect, who is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon in Joliette. She will face charges of unauthorized use of computer and mischief in relation to computer data under the Criminal Code.
The operation was conducted with the assistance of the Sûreté du Québec.