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Conservative site hacked? Plus, RCMP issues warning about the web

According to the RCMP, radical groups are using the web to recruit youth to evil causes. And a hoax on an official website said the prime minister choked on a hash-brown over breakfast and had to be hospitalized. Welcome to the Internet.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say online video games, cartoon characters and crossword puzzles are being used to promote extremist agendas and lure young people to their groups, the Globe and Mail reports.

The report warns certain websites have moved beyond posting “essays” or forums for “discussion.” Rather, they’re making interactive places for people to get ideas, including a game called “Ethnic Cleansing” or another named “Bye, Bye Mosque.”

This might appear like earth-shattering news to some, but let’s be honest here. Would extremists use a printing press to produce newspapers to try and get youth on their side? No, they wouldn’t. Much less would they use billboards to promote far-out ideologies promoting destruction.

Perhaps this is a sign that the government should realize the Internet exists – and address any and all threats it presents.

This week, a hoax circulated that Prime Minister Stephen Harper choked on a hash-brown over breakfast and had to be airlifted to hospital.

The PM was reportedly taken to Toronto General Hospital after a hash-brown got lodged in his throat, a fake post on the Conservative Party website read.

It also reportedly linked to a Twitter account with the handle @LulzRaft. Lulz is better known as web-speak for a joke. 

Is the government out of touch with the Internet? Or were they just victim to vicious attacks?

- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets




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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.