#CyberFLASH: Toronto police website shut down in string of cyber attacks across Canada

Screen Shot 2014-11-21 at 6.26.53 PM.jpgThe Toronto Police website has been restored after being taken offline Sunday by a cyber attack.

Toronto Police have confirmed that the attack took place over the weekend after a Twitter user threatened to hack it. The police website is the latest victim of a string of recent cyber attacks in Canada.

According to police, the site was the subject of a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. A DDoS attack floods a website with access requests in an attempt to overload the server, causing the website to crash. But the attacks cannot infiltrate the sites themselves.

A Twitter user with the handle @AerithTOR claimed responsibility for the incident.

The user, whose Twitter account says is based in Turkey, claimed to be connected to international “hacktivist” syndicate Anonymous.

The user has also posted a message to an online forum threatening to hack the Conservative Party of Canada and the Parliament of Canada websites. The same user also claimed responsibility for crashing the websites of the Ottawa Police, the Canadian Parliament, and the Supreme Court with DDoS attacks over the weekend.

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