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Anonymous targets Montreal Grand Prix to back students

May 30 2012 at 7:08 PM
E7  (Login E7)

 
Anonymous targets Montreal Grand Prix to back students

The global group of computer hackers known as Anonymous threw its support behind Quebec students protesting hikes in tuition fees by threatening to disrupt the Montreal Grand Prix.

The activists, who earlier this month claimed responsibility for downing a dozen Quebec government websites, blasted organizers for intending to run the race in the Canadian province that recently passed an emergency law restricting protests.

Special Law 78, it said, has been "universally condemned by human rights watchers around the world as tyrannical, draconian -- and (has left) Quebec in clear violation of its basic human rights obligations."

"Beginning on June 7th and running through race day on June 10th, Anonymous will take down all the F1 websites, dump the servers and databases -- and wreck anything else F1-related we can find on the Internet," said a statement.

Anonymous, which in 2010 targeted websites of companies such as Visa and Mastercard after they stopped supporting whistleblower Wikileaks, also warned race spectators not to purchase tickets online for the event or risk having their credit card information stolen and posted online for all to see.

The threats came as students and government representatives headed into a second day of talks to end protests that have raged here since mid-February over a plan by provincial Premier Jean Charest to raise rates at Quebec universities by 82 percent to rein in a budget deficit.

Hundreds of demonstrators have been arrested and clashes have erupted sporadically as more than 165,000 students have refused to attend class as tens of thousands have taken to the streets.

A tentative deal was reached after marathon negotiations a month ago but soon fell apart, and nightly protests in Montreal and other cities resumed.

Special Law 78 was passed on May 18 in an effort to quell the unrest, but has only served to galvanize opposition to the government.

The measure requires organizers to give police at least eight hours advance warning of times and locations of protest marches, with hefty fines imposed for failing to do so.

Last week, some 1,000 protesters were detained in some of the biggest mass arrests in the province's history.

Meanwhile Tuesday, talks between students and the Quebec government aimed at ending the tuition fees protests appeared to be moving forward.

During a dinner break, Martine Desjardins, president of the Federation of University Students (FEUQ), said she and her colleagues had submitted offers to the government.

"We expect the government to get back to us tonight," Desjardins said without going into details. "It's clear the negotiations will continue tonight."

The discussions between Education Minister Michelle Courchesne and student leaders have been touted as a "last chance" to resolve the conflict before the start of summer festivals and other major tourist draws such as the Montreal Grand Prix.

Going into the session, one of the student leaders, Leo Bureau-Blouin, said he was expecting Courchesne to unveil a new proposal.

"The minister of education said she would present a new offer today. We're hoping that it's significant," Bureau-Blouin said.

Courchesne said she was "satisfied" that the talks were going well.

On Monday Premier Charest met with student leaders for the first time since the crisis erupted, joining the talks to hear their demands.

Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois, spokesman for the radical student group Classe, said this showed "that the government recognizes the extent of the crisis" and maybe "a certain sincerity on the part of the government in regards to the negotiations."

"The prime minister spent a half hour with us," said Desjardins, "but he did not have many answers to our questions."

Also Tuesday, Transportation Minister Norman MacMillan evoked the triggering of early legislative elections in July to end the stalemate if the government failed to reach a deal with the students soon.

"I would be a liar if I told you otherwise," he said in response to a reporter's question.

http://ca.news.yahoo.com/anonymous-targets-montreal-grand-prix-back-students-015542247.html

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June 1 2012, 4:17 PM 

Grand Prix ticket buyers' data pirated by Anonymous hacker collective

http://www.montrealgazette.com/sports/Grand+Prix+ticket+buyers+data+hacked/6708366/story.html

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June 2 2012, 2:45 AM 

Ya know, I usually support what Anonymous does. They have brought down child porn rings themselves when law enforcement failed.. (getting them branded vigilantes, who were apparently more effective).. they exposed political corruption, even when that branded them terrorists, but to involve these innocent people by releasing their personal information I can't accept. These people who's lives they potentially ruined have nothing to do with any students or bills passed.. yet they are now victims.. for enjoying a past time they enjoy, the Grand Prix..

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Re: Anonymous targets Montreal Grand Prix to back students

June 2 2012, 12:53 PM 

This wsa my first thought as well when i read this article, honestly the Montreal Grand Prix brings in people from all over the world (actually I know a guy and hios friends from Boston who will be attending), not sure what hey are supposed to do about tuition hikes in Quebec?

...perhaps some Anonymous members need to take a deep breath and step back from the "scorched earth" method of supporting their beliefs.


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Re: Anonymous targets Montreal Grand Prix to back students

June 11 2012, 8:55 PM 

So were there any real cyber-disruptions during the event?

(...far more importantly...what sort of steaks did you grill this weekend E? wink.gif )


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Re: Anonymous targets Montreal Grand Prix to back students

June 16 2012, 1:25 PM 

Well now Anonymous seems to be going after the Montreal Police Credit Union, which is arguably more appropriate than going after people totally unrelated to the protest going on in Quebec...
The website for the Caisse des policiers et policières, the credit union for Montreal police employees, was hacked and defaced on Monday night by what appeared to be the cyber-activism group Anonymous.

By Roberto Rocha, The Gazette June 11, 2012

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The website for the Caisse des policiers et policières, the credit union for Montreal police employees, was hacked and defaced on Monday night by what appeared to be the cyber-activism group Anonymous.

The website, which is part of the Desjardins family of banking co-ops, was replaced with a simple black template with links to activism resources, the names and emails of what appear to be the bank’s clients and employees, and a video denouncing violence by the Montreal police intervention squad.

Below it was a poem that eulogized the student-led movement and censured police actions.

Although the hacked page had all the marks of the infamous hacktivist collective, they did not claim responsibility for it in their main public communication channels.

The website was taken off-line by administrators within hours after the hack, with a message that it was experiencing technical difficulties. There were no statements made by the co-op, whether through press releases or on its Twitter page.

A Montreal police spokesperson said this is not a police issue, and referred questions to the Desjardins Group, whose media relations office was closed.

This was the third major attack in a month on websites associated with the social unrest in Quebec. In May, a dozen government websites were taken offline, including the Montreal police site. Then ominous emails were sent to people who bought tickets to the Grand Prix online.

http://www.montrealgazette.com/Police+credit+union+site+hacked+Anonymous/6765994/story.html#ixzz1xxU7ZeJw



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