Someone claiming to represent the online “hacktivist” group Anonymous threatened to divulge information about a Canadian politician’s “personal and political” crimes if the government didn’t repeal internet surveillance legislation.
The 5:34 video uploaded today targets Public Safety Minister Vic Toews for sponsoring the Protecting Children from Online Predators act, or bill C-30.
“Mr. Toews, you have seven days to reflect upon your personal and political crimes,” a digitized voice says. “After that, the Canadian people will be made aware of just how disgustingly unscrupulous and corrupt you are.”
Bill C-30 allows police officers to acquire an internet user’s personal information – without a warrant – from service providers.
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The video demands the government repeal the law. It also says Toews should resign and apologize to Canadian internet users for comparing them to child pornographers.
When the Conservatives introduced the bill earlier this month, Toews lashed out against an opposition New Democrat Party member for criticizing it, saying he “could stand with us or with the child pornographers,” CBC reported.
Shortly after that, Toews became the target of a Twitter account that published court records of his messy divorce.
On Friday, Anonymous claimed responsibility for shutting down the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police website for supporting bill C-30.
A Twitter user named @Visi0nZ sent followers to a website with email addresses and passwords of eight people connected to www.oacp.ca.
“Welcome to a database leak,” the site says. “First I would like to say a quote: Snoop on to them as they Snoop on to you … Today’s is on Ontario Association Of Chiefs Of Police.”
The OACP site still said only “UNDER MAINTENANCE” a day after the breach, CBC reported.
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An OACP spokesman said the group wasn’t intimidated by the move.
“The citizens of this province and this country are asking us to address cyber crimes and we need tools for that,” Joe Couto told CTV News. “What this does is demonstrate quite clearly to Canadians the type of cyber crimes perpetuated every day.”
Couto told the National Post that police need modern weapons in the fight against online crimes.
“We have supported the legislation because of a need by police to have crime prevention tools,” he said. “We’re dealing with legislation written in the 1970s, when rotary telephones were cutting-edge technology.”
In reaction to widespread criticism to the bill, the Conservative government said it plans to rewrite the legislation.