#CyberFLASH: Anonymous claims attack on RCMP websites in response to police shooting

dynamic_resize-6The hacktivist group Anonymous says it took down the RCMP’s national website Sunday as part of a campaign to avenge a fallen “comrade,” who died in a police-involved shooting in Dawson Creek, B.C. this week.

Members of the group have claimed responsibility for a series of cyberattacks against RCMP websites on Sunday, while also threatening to reveal the identity of the RCMP officer involved in the fatal shooting.

The RCMP’s national website, Dawson Creek affiliate site and the RCMP Heritage Centre site were all offline on Sunday. A Twitter account claiming to speak for Anonymous has taken responsibility for the outages, which started on Sunday afternoon.

A spokesperson from the Department of Public Safety says Sunday afternoon that they are “monitoring the situation closely.”

The apparent denial of service attacks come one day after Anonymous threatened to exact revenge for the death of a masked protester in Dawson Creek, B.C.

Anonymous says one of its members was shot dead by a police officer at a BC Hydro public hearing on Thursday, where the contentious Site C dam project was being discussed. The group sent out a tweet through one of its affiliated accounts after the shooting, saying it “would like to report a murder.”

Police say they were called to the hearing due to a reported disturbance. Once inside, they encountered a masked man who refused to comply with directions and was fatally shot, police said.

The shooting is currently under review by B.C.’s police watchdog, the Independent Investigations Office.

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