The Anonymous hacker group that carried out Friday’s cyber attack on Ottawa’s City Hall has pledged attacks on eight more targets, including Ottawa Police and the Supreme Court.
The group has taken responsibility for hacking Ottawa.ca, hijacking the site with a taunting image of a dancing banana, and naming an Ottawa police officer with the ominous message “You know what we want…”
Anonymous launched the hacking campaign Operation Soaring Eagle two weeks ago, and claims they have already penetrated the Ottawa police server.
The group taunted police to find a “digital footprint” left behind as proof of their capabilities, and threatened to deface the Ottawa police website, as well as publishing e-mail exchanges between officers and the home addresses of investigators.
“For every one technical (expert) you think you have, we have 20.. 50.. 100.. Do you believe us now?” the group posted following Friday’s hack.
“Are we serious enough? This is just the start, Operation Soaring Eagle will continue, until we see fit that it is completed. We will be taking over all ottawa police networks, shutdown communications on the internet, hijack domains, servers, and soo much more (sic). It all starts today (Friday).”
Both Chief Charles Bordeleau and Supt. Tyrus Cameron were dismissive of Anonymous’ threats.
“We’re investigating,” Cameron said Saturday, adding he doubts the hackers have infiltrated the Ottawa Police e-mail server and are prepared to post names and addresses of officers.
“Police operations and systems continue to function normally.”
Later, Anonymous carried through by posting the phone number and home address of the Ottawa police officer named during Friday’s cyber attack.
The officer is one of the investigators in a massive joint investigation with the FBI that netted 60 charges against a Barrhaven teen in May.
The teen is accused of “swatting,” which is a trend of making prank calls reporting fake bomb threats, hostage situations and active shootings, while impersonating another person, commonly an online gaming rival. Emergency personnel will then respond to the call in vast numbers ─ often in SWAT teams ─ only to discover the ruse on arrival.
“(The officer) knows exactly why he forced this to happen,” Anonymous said Saturday.
It is believed the group carried out the attack when new evidence that supposedly exonerates the Barrhaven teen ─ and alleges another man in New Jersey is actually behind the swatting frame-up ─ was ignored by investigators, as Anonymous alleges.
Bordeleau would not comment on Anonymous’ claims.
The family’s lawyer, Joshua Clarke, said his client has maintained his innocence “from the very beginning.”
“While we don’t condone the actions and are in no way affiliated with Anonymous, we understand that this group exists and have chosen to assist my client,” Clarke said.
A Twitter user under the handle Aerith, speaking on behalf of Anonymous, said the group offered information to Ottawa police that would prove the innocence of the teen.
“Enough is enough. We offered to give (police) information on (the) real swatter… in exchange let (the Barrhaven suspect) go, they laughed… They questioned our skills… That young lad is innocent, this is just pure bull—-.”
QMI Agency could not reach the New Jersey man named by Anonymous.
Aerith said he was “happily going through every single (police) e-mail, and operation discussed in their e-mails, and preparing a press release.”
The group also said it was planning on replacing the police home page with “a dancing hitler banana with ISIS logo just to piss off (Stephen) Harper.”
In a lengthy anti-police and anti-establishment rant on Nov. 12, Anonymous warned that the hacker collective would be carrying out “DDoS attacks” targeting the servers of nine websites, notably Ottawa.ca, Ottawa Police and the Supreme Court.
The group lists several other targets, including Guelph Hydro, the City of Waterloo, Telus, WindMobile, Koodo Mobile and Fido, though it is not immediately clear why those companies and institutions are targeted.
On Saturday, after that first cyber-attack was verified, the group posted another message warning, “This is just the start… We will not rest.”
The group signed off by warning of another attack coming on Monday, pledging, “We have a shocker planned.”