Canada government websites taken down by Anonymous in cyber attack
Hacking group Anonymous takes responsibility for bringing down the website for government services and the Canadian spy agency’s site.
Several Canadian government websites and servers were taken down in a cyber attack on Wednesday, with the hacking group Anonymous taking responsibility in what it said was retaliation for a new anti-terrorism law passed by Canada’s politicians.
The general website for government services, canada.ca, as well as the site of Canada’s spy agency, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), were among those affected.
Tony Clement, the cabinet minister responsible for the Treasury Board, confirmed on his Twitter account the cyber attacks on government websites. The government said the attack also affected email and internet access but that it was working to restore the services.
In a video posted on YouTube, Anonymous said the anti-terrorism law violated human rights and targeted people who disagree with the government.
Bill C-51, or the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, would broaden the mandate of CSIS, giving the agency new powers to disrupt perceived security threats. The legislation would also make it easier for federal agencies to increase surveillance and share information about individuals.
The public safety minister, Steven Blaney, denounced the cyber attacks, telling reporters that there were many other democratic ways for Canadians to express their views. He also said the government was implementing efforts to improve its cyber security.
For more Information – http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/jun/18/canada-government-websites-taken-down-in-cyber-attack