Anonymous hackers shut down Japan’s Narita International Airport website against Dolphin slaughter.
The online hacktivist Anonymous conducted a powerful DDoS attack on the official website of Narita International Airport of Japan disrupting the service on Friday night to Saturday. The local police and airport authorities have confirmed the attack and stated that a series of DDoS forced the site to go down but claimed that no flight operation was affected.
DDoS attacks paralyze the websites by sending traffic on the website from different networks. The overwhelming amount of traffic takes down the website servers and takes time for retrieval.
According to the Japan Times, the reason for targeting the website was to protest against dolphin slaughter in the country and not allowing the actor and activist Ric O’Barry to enter Japan. The Japanese government probably refused to let Barry enter the country due to his role in “The Cove,” the Oscar-winning documentary about the annual dolphin slaughter in Japan.
In an exclusive conversation with the Anonymous hacker behind this attack, HackRead was told that:
The attack on the Airport was done because they detained
@RichardOBarry there and denied him into Japan because of the movie he made called “The Cove” in 2009.
— Slash (@Slash) January 21, 2016
In October, last year same Anonymous group had shut down Narita and Chubu International Airport websites against the slaughter of Dolphin and trade to aquariums.
In September, the same group of hackers took down the website of the town of Taiji in Wakayama Prefecture in protest of the town’s hunting of dolphins and storing them.
Hunting of dolphins has been protested by many activists around the world and taking down of websites is one of the ways they record their protest.
At the time of publishing this article, the targeted website was restored and available online.