Hacker group says it has names of 4 accused of raping Rehtaeh Parsons

The hacker group Anonymous says it knows the names of the four boys accused of raping Rehtaeh Parsons, who died Sunday after hanging herself last week.

The online activist group Anonymous is threatening to identify four suspects in the alleged rape of a Canadian girl who hanged herself if the police don't bring charges in the case.

The group's video message is a new piece of the intense and emotional online reaction to the death of Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, and investigators' decision not to charge four boys in the case.

Parson's mother has said her daughter never recovered after allegedly being raped in 2011. She hanged herself last week and died in a hospital on Sunday, the woman told The Associated Press.

The elusive online activist group said Wednesday it knew the names of all four alleged rapists.

The group called on Canadian Justice Minister Ross Landry and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police "to take immediate legal action against the individuals in question."

Anonymous said it was not advocating vigilante justice. "We encourage you to act fast. If we were able to locate these boys within two hours, it will not be long until someone else finds them," the group said.

The group said it would hold onto the names — but only until it became apparent that the authorities "have no intention of providing justice to Retaeh's family."

The threat concerned the police force. Cpl. Scott MacRae told the Global News Wednesday that it "will be a challenge" if the boys' names are made public because of privacy concerns and their young age.

"If there's threats on the internet, it may be something the police will have to further investigate," he told the Global News.

The Nova Scotia girl's death has touched a chord on social media sites, where people have demanded justice for her. Her mother said the teen was subject to bullying after one boy took a photograph of the alleged assault and it went viral, the AP reported.

MacRae told the Global News that "a picture is only one piece of an investigation" and that police looked at "the totality of the evidence" when they decided against bringing charges.

Late Tuesday, Landry, who had earlier said he would not second-guess the police, asked senior government officials for some options to review the case. 

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