Taylor says that besides today's DoS attack there have been a series of "online intrusions"—attempts to access password protected parts of the province's websites—over the past two days. "Staff was alerted and put measures into effect to protect the site," says Taylor, noting that "there have been temporary delays" related to responding to the intrusions.
Taylor declined to say which portions of the site were attempted to being accessed.
The province's internet provider is Eastlink, which has been working to increase protection for the site.
Neither Eastlink nor the Chief Information Office can identify the source of the attacks, but the attacks began Tuesday, just as the Rehtaeh Parsons story was becoming international news.
The online activist group Anonymous, which has been actively monitoring the Parsons story, was also involved in the Steubenville, Ohio rape case. In that case, Anonymous was able to find videos and other material archived on private web sites. And previously, Anonymous has been credited with successful DoS attacks on such organizations as Visa, PayPal and MIT.