#CyberFLASH: CSIS website back up after falling victim to another cyberattack

computer-laptop-keyboard-852The website of Canada’s spy agency, CSIS, finally came back online Tuesday afternoon after a cyberattack shut it down for the second time in as many days.

​A spokesman for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney says no data was compromised.

“No information was breached,” said Jeremy Laurin in an email to CBC News. “We are taking cyber security very seriously.”

The denial of service attack comes on the heels of similar attacks two weeks ago on websites for the Senate, the Justice Department, CSIS and Canada’s electronic spy agency, CSEC.

The online hacker group Anonymous had claimed responsibility for those earlier incidents to protest the recent passing of the government’s anti-terror legislation, Bill C-51.

‘Aerith’ claims responsibility

This time, a person or group called Aerith, associated with the Twitter handle @TWITRis4tards, is claiming responsibility for Monday’s and Tuesday’s attacks on the CSIS website as well as an attack on the Conservative Party’s website. Conservative.ca is now online again as well.

“Yes I did the attacks. I have more planned,” said Aerith in an email to CBC News, adding that Aerith is a group, not an individual.

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