Anonymous took down parliamentary website, government documents show

OTTAWA — A group of online hacktivists took down the parliamentary website earlier this year, striking after the government introduced a controversial online surveillance bill.

IT security staff with Shared Services Canada identified the group known as Anonymous as being behind the attack that shut down the House of Commons website for more than four hours in mid-February, according to documents released to Postmedia News under access to information laws.

When the outage happened on Feb. 17, right in the midst of an online outcry over the government’s anti-cybercrime legislation, staff in the House of Commons wouldn’t say publicly why the website was down.

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