OTTAWA – The RCMP have arrested an alleged hacker accused of launching a series attacks on the Quebec government's main website from within the House of Commons.
The police force said it arrested Janvier Doyon-Tremblay, 28, a contract employee with both the Mounties and the House of Commons at the time of the alleged attacks.
Doyon-Tremblay “is believed to have performed a series of attacks on the government of Quebec's main website on April 27, 2012,” police said in a statement.
“While working at the House of Commons, Doyon-Tremblay allegedly hacked into the network and gained administrative privileges. He then would have proceeded with uploading a malicious program which would have targeted” the Quebec site.
The malicious software could have scuppered access to the site for up to 48 hours.
He is charged with two counts of unauthorized use of computers and one count of mischief in relation to data, and is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 27.
Doyon-Tremblay was caught by the RCMP's Integrated Technological Crime Unit, whose role it is to protect IT infrastructure and investigate computer crimes.
The RCMP said once the attack was discovered, both police and federal government took measures to to beef up computer network security.
On Wednesday, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced $155 million in funds over five years to shore up the government's IT infrastructure and improve its capability to track and stop attacks.
Both the Treasury Board and the Department of Finance Canada had a massive security breach in 2011 — among the 80 data breaches of its computers reported by the feds last year.