The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) recently announced that an employee of the Canadian government has been charged with hacking into the Quebec government’s Web site in April.
“Janvier Doyon-Tremblay, 28, was working on contract for both the RCMP and the House of Commons when he hacked the province’s official computer network, the RCMP said Thursday,” writes National Post’s Stewart Bell. “After gaining administrative privileges on the network, he allegedly uploaded a malicious program that prevented members of the public from accessing the main government of Quebec website for several days.”
“The RCMP’s Integrated Technological Crime Unit arrested the man last Friday,” Firstpost reports.
“He is charged with two counts of unauthorized use of computers and one count of mischief in relation to data,” CBC News reports. “Doyon-Tremblay is scheduled to appear in an Ottawa courtroom Nov. 26.”
“There is definitely an increase in computer crimes and they represent a real threat to Canada’s critical infrastructure,” Sergeant Stephane Turgeon of the Integrated Technological Crime Unit said in a statement. “The RCMP takes these threats seriously, as they can have a major impact on our economy and our institutions.”