Earlier this year we reported Anonymous is targeting Japanese airport websites against dolphin slaughter in the country — The cyber attacks were conducted under the banner of operation OpKillingBay.
Now, Anonymous group is believed to have attacked the website of Japanese Prime Minister “Shinzo Abe” in protest to the resumption of the hunting of Whales from December 1 in Japan.
Hunting of whales is banned since last three decades and is only allowed for researching purposes; Japan exploits this reasoning and hunts down whales on a regular basis. Though, in 2014 UN banned the research centers across the country but again hunting of whales has started.
The prime minister’s website (s-abe.or.jp) is though partially recovered and authorities are investigating the damage the site has received from the attack, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said in a daily briefing.
However, they are unclear on whether it was the anonymous group which was behind these attacks as so far their claims are based on a tweet that was purporting to be from the Anonymous group which could be fake claim as well.
A couple of weeks ago, Anonymous conducted a massive cyber attack on the government of Iceland and shut down public access to almost every Iceland government website against whale slaughter in the country.
“Access to Abe’s personal website is indeed limited. We do not have information on whether the attack was actually committed by the Anonymous group of hackers. There has been no specification from Anonymous,” Suga said.
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 and whales has been protested by many activists around the world and taking down of websites is one of the ways they record their protest.