If you’ve been following our stories regarding the protests in Canada, here and here, then you may be interested to know that the group ‘Anonymous’ has once again targeted Formula One as the center of their next attack on June 10th according to the group’s statement:

“As we did in Bahrain – Anonymous intends to wreck Mr Eccelstone’s little party,”.

“Beginning on June 7 and running through race day on June 10, Anonymous will take down all the F1 websites, dump the servers and databases – and wreck anything else F1 related we can find on the internet.

“We would like to remind anyone considering attending this abominable race, that last time Anonymous found all the spectators personal data, including credit card numbers – un-encrypted on F1 servers.”

Anonymous will be among many protesters targetting the Grand Prix. A number of students are also set to protest, something that the F1’s orginisers will be wary of, considering the race could bring around $100 million (Canadian dollars) to the area.

“We highly suggest that you join the boycott of the F1 in Montreal and we certainly recommend that you NOT purchase any tickets or F1 merchandise online.

“You have been warned.”

The group were successful in shutting down the official F1 website in retaliation over the racing series’s decision to attend the Bahrain Grand Prix amidst protests and what the group claimed were human rights violations. As there have been deaths in the Kingdom nation associated with the protests, one can find it difficult to argue the logic behind the claims of human rights abuses.

Also concerning is the warning to “not purchase any tickets” from the Formula 1 website as the group discovered credit card and personal data un-secured on F1’s servers in their last attack. Customers who will or have used the website to purchase products or services may be at risk according to the statement’s innuendo but it is unclear as to if they retained any of the un-encrypted information they say they witnessed in their first attack.

The group cites Bill 78 as their reason for attacking Formula One during the Canadian Grand Prix for going ahead with the race where “Amnesty International and other global human rights groups have declared human rights violators”. Wikipedia describes Bill 78 thusly:

Bill 78, is an emergency law passed on 18 May 2012 by the National Assembly of Quebec, Canada. The law restricts freedom of assembly, protest, or picketing on or near university grounds, and anywhere in Quebec without prior police approval. The law also places restrictions upon education employees right to strike. Bill 78 was drafted by members of the Quebec Liberal Party, introduced by Education Minister Michelle Courchesne, and passed with the support of the Coalition Avenir Québec party in response to ongoing student protests over proposed tuition increases. The law is also identified as L.Q., 2012, c. 12 (Laws of Quebec, 2012, chapter 12).

From Tuition to Human Rights

The protests kicked off over an increase in tuition and students have been protesting that has escalated in the disruption of public transit, property damage and altercations with police. Amnesty International said:

What began as protests led by student groups in Quebec over a proposed hike in tuition fees 14 weeks ago have expanded in size and focus in recent weeks, with more than 2,000 arrests being made. On 23 May alone, police arrested close to 700 protesters in several cities.

Daily, largely peaceful demonstrations have been attracting a wide range of civil society groups in several cities – some in Montreal, Quebec’s largest city, have drawn up to 200,000 protesters.

Considering the amount of people who attend the race weekend can be slightly north of 200,000, having a throng of protesters disrupting events and otherwise congesting an area of the city may be difficult for F1 fans to navigate should a mass protest materialize around the Anonymous call to action during the race weekend.

 

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F1 Kitteh
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F1 Kitteh

With that kind of skillset why bother going to school? On a more serious note, going to university is just like another other investment. It’s either worth it because you will make back multiple times your costs, or you can invest the money in other ways on yourself ;) It’s pointless to argue about tuition because getting a degree is not a mandatory thing forced upon you. Just like you either think a GP ticket is worth $500, or you say thats outrageous I’d rather get a real nice bottle of wine and catch it on TV. And Anonymous, on… Read more »

Dumpsterdiver
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Dumpsterdiver

Question is, who is Anonymous backing to win the race?

Entropy
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Entropy

On sunday, I think they’ll re-able bidirectional telemetry and alter space and time to make Alexandro Nannini’s Benetton win the race.

Kamino
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Kamino

Those morons need to grow up. People in ON pay something like $11,000 a year for tuition, and I’m a foreign student, so I have to pay triple that. And in the current economic climate, it’s only natural that subsidies will go down. Either that, or taxes will go up.

Sorry, lol, part of this anger comes from the fact that I have a ticket, and this is the first race I’ll be going to… hate the thought that these lazy buggers could disrupt that experience.

Philippe
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Philippe

So, because people pay more eslewhere we should do the same? If we want to play the comparison game, school is free in some countries like Finland. And it wouldn’t mean more taxes if our gouverment didn’t spend 300 millions on building a road up north, so that a private foreign compagny may exploite our natural ressources. And that’s just one example. (Man, this gouverment is the worst we had in years…) Anyway, I live in Motreal, I’m going to the race and I am not scared one bit. There is nothing crazy going on here right now. When people… Read more »

Philippe
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Philippe

Also. you should really get your facts straight before calling other people morons.

Kamino
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Kamino

Are you talking about the oil sands? Well, guess what, that’s a natural resource this country needs to exploit, so I applaud the government for spending money on opening it up. And I repeat, how can you expect the government to keep subsidies the way they’ve always been given the current economic situation? And I’m not asking you to compare yourselves to other countries. I’m asking you to compare yourselves to the rest of Canada.

Philippe
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Philippe

I’m not talking about oil sands, I’m talking about the «Plan Nord». Like I said, it’s a private company that is going to exploite the resources. So it’s the private company (from China) who will make the profit, not us! Even if we compare ourselves to the rest of Canada. Just because you guys pay more, doesn’t mean that we should the same. I mean, look at our taxes in Quebec. If one day, they would say to you guys in Ontario that your taxes are going to be as high as us, I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t be too… Read more »

Steven
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Steven

I highly doubt that FOM/Bernie would be so stupid as to leave the personal info from customers on the site. They are just trying to disrupt bussines.

Grazer
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Grazer

Erg. As a uni qualified software engineer and f1 fan i really dislike is attack. Annoymous , imo, are more concerned with raising their own script kiddy profile than spreading their message -the reason for this attack.

As for uni tuition, i paid nearly 40,000 for my four year degree here in australia, and that was nearly 15 years ago, and using this countries ‘hecs’ govt assistance

Brian
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Brian

Did they end up doing anything in Bahrain? I dont recall.

I also love that they point out all the money that the race brings to local businesses. I did a CBA on the Australian Grand Prix awhile ago and these races bring in ridiculous tax dollars due to the bumps in local business. Id be curious to see the numbers for the Canadian GP, just to see how if their intent to shut down the race is as counter productive as it seems.

grazer
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grazer

yep they DDOS’d http://www.formula1.com,. live-timing.formula1.com, f1-racer.net (a fan site which never came back) F1B could be next :p

Anonymous are just tools. the useless kind of tool – not an adjustable spanner.

HerrStig
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HerrStig

I’m currently in college and paying quite a bit for tuition, I’m failing to see how this is Formula 1 has anything to do with this issue. Anonymous are just using them as a platform to gain more attention. So what they’re saying is Formula 1 shouldn’t hold their race, in which the local economy greatly benefits from, because college tuition fees are being raised? Just plain dumb.

Modoc
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Modoc

I would imagine the argument is, schools are charging too much because we waste too much of our money on stupid things, formula one is a stupid thing ergo formula one is making us charge too much for schools.

TheFourthTurn
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TheFourthTurn

If these students really understood the economic impact a race has on their city/state/country they wouldn’t be protesting at all. These events put hundreds of thousands of people in hotel rooms, restaurants and stores. The taxes generated surely find their way to public education helping to keep tuitions as low as possible. I’m sure ‘Anonymous’ has chose F1 because of the huge amount of world wide press it can get by disrupting a race. The fact of the matter is they are doing more damage to these communities by making them spend thousands, hundreds of thousands to millions in extra… Read more »

Entropy
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Entropy

Anonymous trying to scare people off ?
Yeah, I’ve see that movie.
V ends up dead, and Padmé wins an Oscar five years later.
Bring it on…
PORTMAN 2017……..