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Mounties charge Quebec teen for hacking Bell customer data, posting it online

The Bell logo is seen on the company's building in downtown Montreal.

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The Mounties have charged a young offender in Quebec after the user names, passwords and credit-card information from some of Bell Canada's small-business customers were posted online.

The RCMP say they started investigating after one of Bell's third-party IT suppliers was cyberhacked.

As a result of the hacking, investigators say, 22,421 user names and passwords and five valid credit-card numbers were displayed for anyone to see on the Internet.

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A young offender, who cannot be identified because of his age, was arrested at a Bagotville, Que., residence early Friday and charged with one count of unauthorized use of a computer and two counts of mischief in relation to data.

Police said the accused is believed to be a member of a hacktivist group NullCrew, alleged to be responsible for hacking into computers of businesses, schools and government agencies.

The youth is scheduled to appear in Ottawa court Aug. 19.

Investigators had help with their investigation from south of the border, said Superintendent Dean Buzza, the officer in charge of the RCMP's specialized operational services.

"Co-operation with our FBI counterparts permitted us to pursue this investigation, which ultimately led to identifying a Canadian suspect," said Buzza.

"This demonstrates yet again the importance of law enforcement working together to fight cybercrime."

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