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Hackers sympathetic to Quebec student protests arrested

June 19, 2012

Police in Canada have charged six people with launching distributed denial-of-service attacks against a number of Quebec websites, according to reports. Authorities would not say if the accused are associated with any group, such as Anonymous. The website takedowns, including those belonging to the Quebec Liberal Party and education minister, came in response to an anti-protest law passed this spring in Quebec which critics view as a human rights violation. The law requires demonstrations of 50 or more to notify police eight hours before an action, or face fines of up to $125,000. Students in Quebec have been holding regular protests for roughly four months in response to massive tuition hikes. The six arrested face mischief, conspiracy and unlawful use of a computer charges.

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