Six Suspected Hackers Arrested in Canada

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Six people, three of them minors, were recently arrested following cyber attacks by members of Anonymous on Quebec government Web sites.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Surete du Quebec, and three municipal police forces participated in the operation that led to the arrests.

"Members of the group are expected to face a variety of charges, including mischief, conspiracy, and unlawful use of a computer. ... The arrests took place in Rimouski, Sherbrooke, Forestville, Montreal and Longueuil, on the city's South Shore," The Montreal Gazette reports. "Police are saying little else -- such as whether those arrested are suspected of acting under the guise of the activist group Anonymous, or what websites they're accused of attacking."

"The Quebec government has earned the ire of Anonymous over recently enacted anti-protest laws," writes The Register's John Leyden. "The province's education and Montreal police department websites were hacked in a series of attacks last month. The website of the provincial Liberal party also became a target in the same set of denial of service assaults. Hacktivists also managed to get their hands on the personal details of spectators attending the Formula One car-race in Montreal before sending somewhat threateningly worded emails warning motor racing fans of possible trouble."