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The attack against the Saskatchewan government appears to be a distributed-denial-of-service -- or DDoS -- attack, said Eric Jardine, a senior fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation based in Waterloo, Ont. 

"To change that tactic all of a sudden and to target a government with a distributed-denial-of-service attack seems like a weird shift, so I suspect they aren't related," he said. "I suspect it's just two separate things that both happened to involve computers."

Jardine said it's relatively easy to mount a DDoS attack. Sometimes the motives are political, but often the culprits are just out to cause mischief.

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