Posted 06/18/2015 at 9:07 AM
Posted 2 years ago
On Wednesday, several websites of the Canadian government went dark due to a cyberattack, and investigations are now underway to find the responsible parties.
Troy Clement, a member of Parliament, spoke to the press concerning the attack that took place approximately around midday.
He described the hack as a Dynamic Denial Of Service(DDOS) attack.
The affected websites included the country’s intelligence agency and the Parliament’s own website.
Clement said that he was unsure if any data was stolen in the attack.
Service to the sites was restored by early afternoon.
Soon after the breach, a video was posted to YouTube on behalf of Anonymous, who allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack as retaliation for the recently passed bill C-51. Bill C-51, passed by the House of Commons in May and the Senate on June 10th, is an anti-terrorism law.
The video features a computer-generated voice that claims that the bill is a threat to minority groups and dissidents.
This attack comes after IT officials linked to the Canadian government had issued warnings to staffers about the threat of hacking in the near future.