Short Bytes: This Sunday, Japan police revealed that the hacktivist collective Anonymous has attacked about 100 websites in Japan since September. The group has taken the responsibility of attacks and labeled it as a response to Japan’s whale-hunting policies. Talking about the big names, the personal website of the Japanese Prime Minister was also targeted.
While ISIS-targeted Anonymous attacks generated a widespread social media buzz, the #OpWhales campaign hasn’t attracted much attention. The same concern was voiced by a user who emailed fossBytes and told about this operation.
Apart from the websites of government offices, the groups involved in whale and dolphin hunting, news organizations, aquariums, and airports are the main targets. Talking about the big names, the personal website of the Japanese Prime Minister was also targeted.
In the recent past, the Japanese practice of hunting cetaceans has attracted widespread criticism from all around the globe. Even though the government banned commercial whale hunting years ago, it’s still a common practice in the name of scientific research.
#OpSeaWorld #OpKillingBay #OpWhales https://t.co/UK4XpXhXlI Christmas gonna be amazing the year. ;) #StayTurned pic.twitter.com/E5OSdSYaPL
— Anonymous (@_RektFaggot_) December 7, 2015
The targeted websites were attacked using the common DDoS attack, which is a way to flood a website with a torrent of traffic and taking it down. After the attacks, a Twitter handle of Anonymous posted: “Whaling IS NOT Cultural Right! Your website is #TangoDown!”
#Anonymous #OpKillingBay #Japan https://t.co/fgvnkkgiBO #TangoDown #Taiji Whale Museum. pic.twitter.com/RZc2zQZyfW — Anonymous (@_RektFaggot_) December 20, 2015
Earlier this month, the hacktivist collective took the responsibility of taking down 5 Icelandic websites in response to government’s whale-hunting policies.
The government authorities have urged the system admins to set up a backup site and use other methods to protect themselves from DDoS attacks.
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