#CyberFLASH: RCMP offline as deadline looms for ‘Anonymous’ leak threat

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The national RCMP website is offline and has been since the early morning, seemingly part of a larger cyber attack by the hacker group Anonymous, who have given an impossible deadline to the police to arrest a particular Mountie by the end of the day or watch as high-level documents are leaked.

Hackers with Anonymous claim to have repeatedly hacked supposedly impenetrable government servers over several months and vowed last week that they would leak the classified national security documents in retaliation for the fatal shooting of James McIntyre in Dawson Creek, B.C., earlier this month, unless the officer responsible is arrested.

The 48-year-old McIntyre, who was shot outside a BC Hydro public meeting in Dawson Creek last Thursday, reportedly died wearing a Guy Fawkes mask and wielding a knife. Others claiming to be Anonymous members say McIntyre was a First Nations Anonymous member who, using the Twitter handle @jaymack9, helped organize opposition to the Site C Dam in northeastern B.C.

The RCMP has been given until today at 5 p.m. Pacific time to either arrest the officer or watch as Anonymous release the documents. The government has confirmed it is aware of the threat, which was posted repeatedly on social media.

The breaches happened in stages over several months, an Anonymous spokesperson told The National Post.

The RCMP has yet to comment on the website going offline early Monday and whether it’s due to maintenance or the result of an attack.

If what Anonymous is claiming is true, statements from the government that the low-level cyber attacks had no impact would be false and instead suggest the hacks may have gone undetected and deeper than the agencies were aware.

The hacktivists said the document dump was originally planned for September but was moved up because of the Dawson Creek shooting.

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