A disturbing Montreal website of anarchist activists

One of the most recent victims of these far-left activists is former cabinet minister and Conservative senator Michael Fortier. The latter, who has been one of the vice presidents of RBC Bank since October 2010, saw his two personal vehicles set on fire in front of his private home on the night of May 4-5.

As glaciers melt, drought, fire, and famine spread, Mr. Fortier may think that his money and contacts will save him, his children, and his grandchildren. But the enraged will know the names of the great leaders. You have to understand that no one is safe in this messwe can read in a written complaint published in Montreal Counter-Information.

It seems that Mr. Fortier, who does not want to comment on the incident, was targeted because RBC is one of the main creditors of TC Energy’s 760 km long gas pipeline. Far-left anarchist activists opposed to the construction of the pipeline disapprove of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline that crosses Wetʼsuwetʼen territory on its route.

Two of Michael Fortier’s vehicles were set on fire last week.

Photo: The Canadian Press / Adrian Wyld

[…] There is no doubt that Mr. Fortier is comfortable with his boss’s decision to continue funding the Coastal GasLink pipeline (or any other RBC-funded gross project).we write in this same text.

SPVM investigators met with Michael Fortier and recovered images from surveillance cameras in the area of ​​the private residence.

In the spotlight of the police for years

The Police Service of the City of Montreal (SPVM) and the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) are interested in the activities of the Montreal Contre-Information site, which for years has claimed many fires and vandalism of railroads in recent years. years.

So far, our information suggests that these militants, who present themselves as anarchists, are not operating in a specific form of grouping. If they were organized in some way under an entity, we would have information about thema police source told SQ.

Recall that he had opened an investigation in July 2020 when Vince Parente’s personal vehicle was set on fire at his home in Ste-Thérèse. The latter was an adviser to the Deputy Minister of Public Security in the Montreal region. The case has not yet been resolved to date.

During the same summer, in 2020, a dozen SPVM patrol cars, parked behind a Mont-Royal Plateau neighborhood police station, were destroyed by fires that were also incendiary. The gesture had been vindicated by anarchists in the Montreal Counterintelligence.

To be so discreet, we suspect that they are people with common interests who exchange privately in forums or secure applications on smart devices. Without necessarily knowing each other, they decide to act before disappearingadds another researcher who was interested in the small group that runs the web.

A website hosted in Iceland

According to Jean-Philippe Décarie-Mathieu, head of cybersecurity at Commissionaires du Québec Montréal, the Counter-Information site is currently hosted on a 1984.hosting server located in Iceland.

After tracking the activities of the website, the people in charge of this activist message board know very well what they are doing. Clearly, they are aware of the security checks that have eluded the police for so long. They are careful. They only record one IP address from where they are located. They are also cleaning up their online businessexplains the cybersecurity specialist.For a few years, the site was on the Rise Up platform which is a hosting site, based in Germany, offering services to activist groups.

These managers would have the ability to move the location of their server in a few hours. A few years ago, they stayed in France when the SPVM had tried unsuccessfully to obtain information from Montreal.

In 2022, it is possible to commit the perfect crime with knowledge and discipline. Caution must be exercised. Then never connect from an IP address where you are. And you also need to clean up your online activitiesadds Mr. Décarie-Mathieu.

For a few years, the site was on the Rise Up platform, which is a German-based hosting site offering services to activist groups, says the cybersecurity specialist.

Officially, neither of Quebec’s two main police forces commented on the investigation despite repeated website-related incidents.

Contacted by email, the managers of the Montreal Counter-Information website had not answered Radio-Canada’s questions at the time of publishing this article.

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