#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: Group stages ‘digital sit-in’ to take down government websites over Bill C-51

3e8bbf09abde7c2cb8cd80f03584f864The members of a group claiming credit for causing a series of government and political party websites to go down on Wednesday afternoon described it as a “digital … sit-in” to protest Bill C-51 and a handful of arrests in Halifax.

“Honestly, we just want people talking about what’s happening here with C-51,” one of the members told the Citizen.

Members of the group, calling itself Op Cyber Privacy, were contacted in an online chat group.

Through the afternoon, a series of denial of service attacks, which overload website servers, brought down a number of government websites.

“(It’s) the digital form of a sit-in protest,” the member said. “We are taking up all the seats of these sites so no one can access them temporarily.”

“It does not damage the website nor do we access information on said websites.”

The group said it had taken down the Conservative party website, the Liberal party website, Peter MacKay’s website and the justice department website, among others.

“The website was down for a short period of time,” said Olivier Duchesneau with the Liberal party.

He said no data had been compromised, adding that denial of service attacks are relatively common.

The group said to expect rolling outages of websites throughout the afternoon and evening. At various times, some of the websites were down. Others were up and running. The group said members weren’t keeping websites down for long.

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#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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#CyberFLASH: How to protect against the 9 most common cyber-attacks

n-ONLINE-SPYING-largeCostly cyber-attacks have become so frequent across industries that cyber-security is top of mind among executives and customers worldwide, surveys suggest.

Forty-eight per cent of respondents in PwC’s global 2014 Annual CEO survey said the perception of cyber-crime risk to their business has increased, up 9 percentage points since 2011. A Deloitte survey of CFOs in Canada, the US, and Mexico found that cyber-security was a top priority for 74% of respondents.

Point-of-sale (POS) intrusions are particularly common in the retail and hospitality industries, but the health-care sector is also at risk, according to Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, which is based on an analysis of more than 63,000 incidents in 95 countries.

Nine common attack patterns

The Verizon research found that nine types of cyber-attacks accounted for 92% of the incidents that occurred in the past decade:

Crimeware. The public sector, utilities, manufacturing, and information industries are particularly at risk of malware that compromises systems such as servers and desktops. To make it harder for crimeware to get in, patch anti-virus programmes and browsers, avoid Java browser plugins as much as possible, use two-factor identification, and implement configuration-change monitoring.

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Canadian opposition party targeted in botnet attack

A malicious attacker deliberately attempted to interfere with a crucial party leadership vote in Canada last month, according to a company commissioned to run the online voting system used.

Scytl Canada, which provides online balloting services, confirmed that a deliberate denial of service attack was launched in an attempt to disrupt the federal NDP leadership vote on March 24.

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