Anonymous, acting in solidarity with student protests, and in opposition to Bill 78, hacks into a Formula One website selling tickets to the Canadian Grand Prix set for June 10, releasing ticket holders’ personal information.
On May 31, Anonymous released personal information belonging to Canadian Grand Prix ticket holders, information including ticket holders’ names, phone numbers, email addresses, type of ticket purchased and amount spent online.
The action is a continuation of Operation Quebec. Earlier this week, Anonymous released a YouTube video warning potential Canadian Grand Prix spectators they were targeting the Formula One race as part of Operation Quebec.
Operation Quebec is a campaign in support of student protests, and in opposition to Bill 78, emergency legislation adopted by the National Assembly on May 18 to deal with the student protests.
Critics claim Bill 78 is a draconian measure, imposing severe and unconstitutional restrictions on the right of expression and assembly. The law has been adopted by the government of Quebec in an attempt to undermine efforts in Quebec to defeat a tuition fee hike through popular mobilization.
The following is an excerpt from a YouTube video published May, 29. (The original text is in French, and has been translated via Google Translate):
People of the free world, Anonymous invites you to boycott Formula 1 Grand Prix of Canada…
The Quebec government has left the road followed by democracies, adopting the infamous Bill 78, by responding systematically to the anger of students and demonstrators:
• by batons,
• by kicks,
• by tear gas.
Government of Quebec, it is time to step back and put a stop to this injustice to avoid a dramatic spin.
Anonymous invites you to join the boycott of the Montreal Grand Prix. Anonymous recommends that you do not purchase tickets or products sold F1 on the Internet. Anonymous encourages you to participate in demonstrations in the streets of Montreal on race day.
We are Anonymous.
We are legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Earlier this month, Anonymous launched Operation Quebec, taking down 13 Quebec government and police websites,demanding that the universal right of people in Quebec to freely assemble and to petition their government for grievances be respected, and acting in solidarity with student protests, and in opposition to Bill 78.
Last month, fighting for human rights in Bahrain, Anonymous hacktivists protested the running of the Bahrain Grand Prix by successfully taking down Formula One websites via DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks. At that time Anonymous hacktivists posted a message proclaiming the “Formula 1 racing authority was well-aware of the Human Rights situation in Bahrain and still chose to contribute to the regime’s oppression of civilians…”