“Government of Quebec, you have been warned.”
The unmasked threat was part of an Anonymous video broadcast early Saturday, just as the international hacktivist collective brought down 13 Quebec government and police websites, as it officially launched #OpQuebec and brought the ongoing street protests online.
On Wednesday, websites for the Quebec public safety ministry, the Liberal Party of Quebec, the Quebec coroner’s office and the Quebec police ethics commission remained out of order, or “under maintenance.”
This, in retaliation for the government opting to “assassinate the right to protest by adopting an emergency law to try and stifle protests against the tuition hikes.” The video has since received more than 156,000 hits on YouTube.
According to Commander X, one of the least anonymous Anons and an important organizer of its operations, the group has been discussing for two weeks whether to get involved in the deteriorating situation in Quebec, as it did in Tunisia, Egypt and elsewhere last year.
“The passing of ‘Special Law 78’ has merely added a sense of urgency and forced us to take immediate action,” said Commander X, whose real name is Christopher Doyon.
The denial-of-service attacks launched Saturday also targeted the Montreal police, and several other government sites.
In a pre-emptive move, the Education Department took its own site offline – so hacktivists couldn’t. (The department’s site was attacked in April, following Premier Jean Charest’s off-the-cuff remarks about how students should get a job up north – “as far north as possible.”)
A spokesperson for the department said Saturday it will continue to take its site offline evenings and weekends.
Doyon estimated some 300 to 500 individuals around the world participated in these latest attacks on Quebec websites by flooding the websites with requests so they could no longer respond. “Even some folks from Anonymous Bahrain” took part, he said.
You know it’s bad when protesters in Bahrain become involved.
In an interview Saturday, Quebec Public Security Minister Robert Dutil said his department was taking the attacks seriously.
“Today with the Internet, there are hackers, who are capable of hacking,” Dutil told reporters. “We have to find a way to stop the hackers.”
Doyon said the attacks will continue, however, until the “draconian Special Law 78 is repealed or overturned in court.” Until then, he said, Anonymous will step up the pressure.
“The next phase of (OpQuebec) will involve more advanced hacks of police and government websites, such as defacements and data dumps,” Doyon said, “combined with the dissemination of high-impact media such as videos and posters.”
In the meantime, other groups are also turning to the Internet to protest against the tuition hikes and/or Bill 78, which makes it illegal to assemble, protest or picket outside universities and CEGEPS, or anywhere in Quebec with more than 50 people without prior police approval.
Arretezmoiquelquun.com (Someone arrest me) was launched on Monday and features more than 4,000 people who uploaded their photos with signs that say “I disobey Bill 78” or some less polite wording to that effect.
About 23,000 people have liked the site so far.
Wow! Yes, this new crop of young people do know their computer stuff. They are making very good use of this tool. I'm impressed by the resolve of these young people.
Bill 78 does not make any sense, it's a sweeping attack on freedom of expression.
Voici une fête donnée à l’occasion de l’anniversaire de Mme Desmarais, Paul Desmarais est son mari et est le grand patron de la Power Corps. et dévoilé par le groupe de pirate Anonymous Quebec
Dans ce DVD vous verrez qui sont les invités…Pour cette occasion. Réunissant presque tous les chefs politiques de la Gauche et de la Droite, du fédéral et du provincial. Entre autres vous verrez bien des Gens dont moi-même je ne peu tous les nommés…Mais vous pouvez y voir Jean Charest, Lucien Bouchard, Bryan Mulroney et Jean Chrétien.
Le DVD a est dévoilé dans toute son intégrité afin que vous puissiez vous aussi vous mettre dans l’ambiance avec ce jour merveilleux que fût la fête à Mme Desmarais. Maintenant je vous laisse tous imaginer qui est invité et pourquoi. Les médias cachent au peuple bien des choses, à vous de vous faire une opinion …
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Identification (n’hésitez pas à nous envoyer vos requêtes d’identification par MP)
Lucien Bouchard @ 13:50, 16:15, 18:13, 1:40:05, 1:40:36, 1:40:54
Brian Mulroney @ 14:10, 15:29, 19:25, 1:36:25, 1:38:49, 1:41:13, 1:42:50
Jean Charest, semi caché @ 14:29, 15:52, 19:35, 20:07, 43:48
Jean Chrétien @ 15:00, 43:15, 43:35, 1:40:19, 1:40:36, 1:40:41
George H. W. Bush @ vers 19:32
Liza Frulla a 14:55
Marc Hervieux à 35:30
Yannick Nezet-Seguin à 41:30 (chef d’orchestre)
Adrienne Clarkson @ 16:15, 18:20, 1:40:38
Couple Desmarais @ 16:23, 38:54, 43:07, 43:58, 44:18, 44:25, 44:50, 42:20, 1:38:58
Jean Charest et sa femme @ 18:00
Desmarais @ 18:35, 19:08, 19:25, 19:55, 43:50, 1:40:09, 1:40:30, 1:40:46, 1:40:51
Robert Charlebois @ 19:20, 1:38:46, 1:39:11, 1:40:00, 1:41:16, 1:44:30, 1:44:40, 1:45:08
Luc Plamondon @ 42:59, 43:35, 1:35:58, 1:37:05, 1:38:58, 1:39:14