Harper’s Listserv Hacked: Anonymous Moves North?

by matttbastard

Palinitis has spread across the border: apparently the 1337 hax0rs in the PMO’s war room still haven’t grokked all the ins and outs of the series of tubes that make up the internets.

CanWest News:

The Prime Minister’s Office has triggered an investigation into how a prankster gained access to its list of e-mail recipients and sent out two phoney messages pretending to have come from Stephen Harper.

One message, distributed to media organizations Sunday afternoon with the subject line “Why you shouldn’t fear me,” claimed to be from Mr. Harper and said: “my goal is to make Canada America’s 51st state and destroy health care that all Canadians cherish by infusing my propaganda with hard core ad hominem attacks.”

The second message, sent later in the evening, said that, because Canada recognized the self-declared independence of Kosovo last February, “Does this lead to slowly accepting sovereignty for Quebec?”

A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office Monday warned subscribers to its e-mail service that “these were unauthorized uses of the prime minister’s e-mail listserv and do not represent the views of the prime minister or his office.”

Kady O’Malley (h/t BigMediaCityLib) has more details on how this was pulled off, along with the full text of the “Why you shouldn’t fear me” email, while Prairie Fire passes along the “Kosovo” email.

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