Hacker claiming ties to Anonymous forces Toronto police website offline for hours
Twitter user has claimed responsibility for 3 other similar attacks in recent days
The Toronto Police Service’s website went offline Sunday after a Twitter user who claims to be connected with the hacker group Anonymous threatened to infiltrate it.
Toronto police confirmed the hack took place, but offered no further details. The website has since been restored.
The cyberattack comes on the heels of similar hacks on the websites for the City of Ottawa, Ottawa police and the Supreme Court of Canada over the weekend.
The City of Ottawa and the Supreme Court of Canada websites were back running by Sunday, but the Ottawa Police Service site remained offline as of Monday morning.
A Twitter user who goes by the name @AerithTOR has claimed responsibility for all four incidents.
The user appears to be based in Turkey and claims to have connections to international "hacktivist" syndicate Anonymous, though CBC News could not confirm any connection.
The account has been suspended from Twitter.
The user has also posted a message to an online forum threatening to hack the Conservative Party of Canada and the Parliament of Canada websites.