Anonymous Attacks Several Canadian Government Websites in Protest

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney has assured that no personal information was compromised during the cyberattack that temporarily corrupted several federal government websites. The responsibility of the attacks was claimed by the Anonymous group as it shut down several federal sites and played havoc with email in its protests against the recent passage of the federal anti-terrorism bill.

In a tweet published on early Wednesday afternoon by Treasury Board President, Tony Clement, he announced that the public may use 1-800-OCanada to lodge any complaints until full service was restored. The federal Cyber Incident Response Centre, which usually comes in action against such events remained silent on the attack known as a denial of service attack. In a statement issued by the government’s acting chief information officer, Dave Adamson, on late-afternoon, he said that “we are working on restoring services as soon as possible,” adding that “we continue to be vigilant in monitoring any potential vulnerabilities.”

Denial-of-service attacks include bombarding of a website with traffic that it cannot handle and are a common means of shutting down a web server. Anonymous has been involved in several such attacks on governments, corporations and others in the name of free speech, Internet liberties and anti-capitalist causes. Blaney has mentioned in a statement that there were no excuses for such an attack, noting “law-enforcement agencies” were looking into the matter. He alleged that “we are living in a democracy. And there are many ways to express your views.”

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