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Anonymous Takes Credit For Hacking Montreal Police Website

04/11/2015 11:22 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)
The Quebec branch of the online hacker collective Anonymous is taking credit for infiltrating the websites of the Montreal police and the union representing its officers. 

Around 10:30 p.m. ET on Friday, the Montreal police website went offline, followed minutes later by that of the Montreal police brotherhood. As of 10 a.m. on Saturday, the former was still not working.

Anonymous said via Twitter the police were targeted because of the accusations of brutality during the recent student demonstrations, which have seen thousands take to the streets nightly in protest of recent austerity measures. 

The group also indicated it will "ruin the life" of a police officer shown pepper spraying protesters in Montreal. 

This cyberattack comes on the heels of similar attacks on the websites of Toronto police and the City of Ottawa.

Situation 'sad,' says police 

Montreal police tell CBC News it's working on getting its website back online.

Spokesman Manuel Couture described the situation as "sad" and said information on missing people, police contacts, and news releases are not accessible to the public when the website is down.

"There's a lot of information for the citizens, so it's pretty sad that right now, they don't have access to the site," he said.

However, Anonymous said it will continue to target Montreal police, even after the website is back online.

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