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Anonymous Quebec Takes Responsibility For Hacking Montreal Police Websites

04/11/2015 12:36 EDT | Updated 06/11/2015 05:59 EDT
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Police arrive as students protest April 26, 2012 in Montreal, Canada, over Quebec's plans to raise tuition. Protests escalated this week amid violent clashes with police and the prospect of snap elections to pave the way for conciliation. Despite the growing unrest, the government of the French-speaking Canadian province has refused to meet with student groups behind 11 weeks of protests, after talks broken down earlier in the week. AFP PHOTO / ROGERIO BARBOSA (Photo credit should read ROGERIO BARBOSA/AFP/GettyImages)
MONTREAL - The Montreal police website has been down for more than 12 hours after being hacked Friday night.

The Quebec branch of the hacking collective Anonymous claimed responsibility for the hack in a series of posts on Twitter.

The group says it also infiltrated the website of the police brotherhood union. That site was back online Saturday morning.

In a series of tweets Anonymous denounced the actions of police during a recent series of anti-austerity demonstrations against the government of Premier Philippe Couillard. The heated demonstrations have led to clashes between protesters and police.

Anonymous hinted at further action in a tweet that claimed they could control most of the city's networks.

A spokesman for the Montreal police confirmed the site was hacked. He said no personal information was at risk. The site is used mostly as an information portal for citizens.

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