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RCMP charge young offender in Bell Canada hacking incident

OTTAWA – June 13, 2014 - The RCMP’s National Division Integrated Technological Crime Unit (ITCU) has charged an individual in relation to a cyber-hacking incident.

A young offender was arrested at a residence and charged earlier today with one count of Unauthorized Use of Computer and two counts of Mischief in Relation to Data contrary to sections 342.1(1)(a) and 430(1.1) of the Criminal Code.

These charges stem from an investigation into the hacking of one of Bell Canada’s third-party supplier’s information technology system. As a result of the hacking, 22,421 user names and passwords and 5 valid credit card numbers of Bell Canada’s small business customers were posted on the internet.

“Cooperation with our FBI counterparts permitted us to pursue this investigation which ultimately led to identifying a Canadian suspect. This demonstrates yet again, the importance of law enforcement working together to fight cybercrime”, said Superintendent Dean Buzza, Officer in charge of Specialized Operational Services.

The accused is believed to be a member of “NullCrew”, a hacktivist group known for hacking into computers of corporations, educational institutions, and government agencies. The accused and others from the group claimed responsibility for the attack.

National Division ITCU, along with the assistance of the RCMP’s “C” Division ITCU, executed a search warrant at a residence in Bagotville, Quebec and seized computer-related equipment and other electronic devices.

The young offender is scheduled to appear in court in Ottawa on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 to answer to these charges.

National Division ITCU provides technological support to investigators and other regional forces. It also assists a variety of international organizations with regards to large scale Internet investigations and conducts forensic analysis of seized electronic media.

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Corporal Lucy Shorey, Media Relations Officer
RCMP National Division Communication Services

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