#CyberFLASH: Public safety minister says Anonymous threats against RCMP taken seriously

Quebec hackerDELTA, B.C. – Canada’s public safety minister shrugged off questions Tuesday about his government’s response to threats against the RCMP by the hacktivist group Anonymous, saying he fully trusts law enforcement to investigate.

Steven Blaney said all threats are taken seriously but provided few details of how his government is responding, days after Anonymous claimed responsibility for shutting down the RCMP website.

“There are many ways this country enjoys freedom to express our democratic views,” he said. “I invite those who want to express their views to use democratic ways. Those who don’t expose themselves to face the full force of the law.”

Members of the loosely-connected vigilante group issued a news release on Saturday that claimed a masked man fatally shot by a Mountie in Dawson Creek, B.C., was an Anonymous member. The release vowed to publish the identity and personal information of the officer.

The next day, the force’s national website crashed for several hours. The RCMP has not confirmed that Anonymous hackers were responsible for the shutdown.

The Twitter account that originally posted the press release, @OpAnonDown, appeared to have been removed as of Tuesday afternoon.

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#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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#CyberFLASH: Hacktivists’ press release contains claims and threats

typing-image-genericThe group Anonymous sent a press release Saturday making a number of threats and claims after a shooting Thursday:

Anonymous Press Release: Operation Anon Down

Saturday – July 18, 2015 4:00 PM ET

At approximately 6:30 PM PT on July 17, 2015 at an Anonymous protest in Dawson Creek, British Columbia which the RCMP was informed about in advance, an RCMP officer mercilessly shot and killed a masked Anon without provocation or cause. This is the fourth Anon to be slain by security forces around the world in as many years. Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and now British Columbia in Canada. As in the past, Anonymous will not stand idly by while our own are cut down in mask. Anonymous has fought for the lives of protesters all over the globe, from Tahir Square in Egypt to Ferguson, Missouri. We will most certainly avenge one of our own when they are cut down in the streets while protesting the earth wrecking environmental policies of the Canadian government.

To this end Anonymous announces the launch of Operation Anon Down. The focus of this Op going forward will be gaining justice (and vengeance if necessary) for our fallen comrade in Dawson Creek. But we will also memorialize our previously slain brethren, and prepare to take action for future Anons killed by police – as we have no doubt they will cut down more of us.

To begin we will identify the RCMP officer involved, thoroughly dox him – and release that dox on the Internet. Because the world has a right to know every detail about killer cops. We will offer support and raise funds if necessary to cover the burial expenses of our fallen comrade. He will be buried with the honor and dignity that his courage has earned him. We will ensure that he is never forgotten, and takes his place in the growing ledger of brave Anonymous martyrs around the world. Then we will press the RCMP and Canadian government for justice. This RCMP officer must be named, fired, and charged – for the murder of our brother Anon. And if we do not receive justice, rest assured there will be revenge.

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#CyberTRAX: A slow clap for Anonymous

10712553“Greetings citizens of Canada, we are Anonymous. Today, this 17th of June, 2015, we launched an attack against the Canadian Senate and Government of Canada websites in protest against the recent passing of Bill C-51.”

That was the opening to a video the online activist group posted Wednesday, as federal government websites fluctuated in and out of operation.

“Stand for your rights, take to the streets in protest this 20th of June, 2015,” the Anonymous video continued. “Disregard these laws, which are unjust, even illegal.”

Throughout the afternoon, dozens of government of Canada websites went down, including canada.ca, the site for Transport Canada and the page for the Department of Foreign Affairs. The outage also seemed to affect government Blackberrys, though Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said no private information was compromised. Though the source of the attack was initially unclear, Anonymous eventually claimed responsibility and posted the video.

The irony of launching a cyber-attack to protest an anti-terrorism law was surely lost on this gaggle of virtual legionnaires. This attack — which took the form of a distributed-denial-of-service, or DDoS, attack — is not particularly sophisticated in nature and acts as more of a nuisance than a real security breach. Essentially, “attackers” flood the server with requests at such an overwhelming volume that it forces them to crash.

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#CyberFLASH: Anonymous denies involvement in hacks

fingerprint-on-keyboardThe vigilante hacker collective known as Anonymous has denied involvement in a series of cyber attacks on police, court and government institutions, apparently motivated by the supposed wrongful arrest of a Barrhaven teen.

A Twitter user named Aerith has claimed responsibility, while releasing a series of statements to the press and signing off each time with the Anonymous trademark, “We are Anonymous, We are Legion, We do not forgive, We do not forget, Expect Us.” After the first series of cyber attacks took down the City of Ottawa website, the sign-off was altered to read, “You should have expected us.”

But late Saturday, Twitter user @AnonQC — attached to the Quebec chapter of Anonymous — denied this is one of the group’s operations. It suggests a splinter group of hackers known as Commander X might be behind the operation.

“Op that comes from nowhere no one heard about? Sounds like Commander X,” wrote AnonQC to the Sun, saying that “if you ever come across something that claims (to be) speaking in the name of Anon, it’s false… even your mom could have sent that (press release).”

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#CyberFLASH: Hackers pledge more attacks

1322203954274_ORIGINALThe Anonymous hacker group that carried out Friday’s cyber attack on City Hall has pledged attacks on eight more targets, including Ottawa Police and the Supreme Court.

The group has taken responsibility for hacking Ottawa.ca, hijacking the site with a taunting image of a dancing banana, and naming an Ottawa police officer with the ominous message “You know what we want…” Launching a hacking campaign dubbed Operation Soaring Eagle two weeks ago, the group claims they have already penetrated the Ottawa police server.

The group taunted police to find a “digital footprint” left behind as proof of their capabilities, and also threatened to deface the Ottawa police website, as well as publishing email exchanges between officers and the home addresses of investigators.

“For every one technical (expert) you think you have, we have 20.. 50.. 100.. Do you believe us now?” the group posted following Friday’s hack.

“Are we serious enough? This is just the start, Operation Soaring Eagle will continue, until we see fit that it is completed. We will be taking over all ottawa police networks, shutdown communications on the internet, hijack domains, servers, and soo much more (sic). It all starts today (Friday).”

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#CyberFLASH: Anonymous offshoot claims it has uncovered ‘one of the largest stock market frauds ever conceived’


Anonymous made its name as a “hacktivist” collective, meting out its own form of vigilante justice to governments, religious organizations and anyone else that had rubbed its members the wrong way — from companies like MasterCard and Sony to child pornographers. But on Tuesday one of the group’s divisions shook up traders when it issued an analyst report that seemed to be more about short-selling shares than about enforcing community justice.

Anonymous Analytics may be a comparatively less-flamboyant branch of the controversial hacktivist posse, but it has the ability to move markets. Following what it called extensive due diligence and field research, it went public with claims it had uncovered “overwhelming” evidence that Chinese lubricants maker, Tianhe Chemicals Group, “is one of the largest stock market frauds ever conceived.”

In a 67-page document posted on the Anonymous Analytics website, the group alleges that Tianhe, which went public earlier this year on the Hong Kong stock exchange, tried to burnish its image through a range of illegal or unethical practices, such as creating “fake” regulatory filings, failing to disclose that some of its biggest customers were related parties, and overstating profitability.

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Anonymous targets controversial Alberta zoo

Internet activists are taking up the fight against a controversial private zoo in Alberta this week after an anonymous whistleblower published a disturbing video said to have been shot there over Canada Day weekend.
The Guzoo Animal Farm in Three Hill, Alta., has been at the centre of much controversy in recent years for what its critics describe as unsuitable living conditions for its mix of 400 exotic and domestic creatures.
Yet despite years of damning reports from groups like Zoocheck Canada, the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the Canadian Humane Society and even provincial officials, nothing has solicited as much attention as the involvement of Anonymous.
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