Ca: Anonymous says it hacked Canada’s security secrets in retaliation for police shooting of B.C. activist

I had reported on Anonymous’s attacks on the RCMP in retaliation over the killing of activist James McIntyre earlier this week, but the story is gathering steam now. Yesterday, Adrian Humphrey of the National Post reported on the claimed hack, and it’s clear that the government is paying attention. Humphrey reported:

To support their claim, members of Anonymous provided the National Post with a document that appears to be legitimate Treasury Board of Canada notes on federal cabinet funding to fix flaws in the foreign stations of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

The Post has not independently been able to verify the authenticity of the document, marked with a security classification of “Secret.”

Anonymous activists say they will disseminate sensitive documents if the officer who shot James McIntyre in Dawson Creek, B.C., is not arrested by Monday at 5 p.m., Pacific time. That threat has also been made on social media and a government source confirms authorities are aware of the threat.

Read more on The National Post. Meanwhile, over on Gizmodo, Maddie Stone suggests a healthy dose of skepticism about Anonymous’s claims is in order:

Many, many Anonymous threats have turned out to be nothing but hot air. But one way or another, Anonymous is proving yet again that it’s still capable of causing a major ruckus.

While people speculate or investigate the hacking claims, I hope none of us are losing sight of the fact that a man was killed by police while engaging in a protest, and we have yet to find out what really happened.  Why did the police officer believe it was necessary to shoot and kill him?  Will any others who may have captured the interactions on cell phones release their videos?



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