3 Japanese financial websites stop working as hackers claim responsibility in whaling protest -- Bloomberg
Three Japanese websites stopped working today as hackers claiming affiliation
with the collective Anonymous step up attacks to protest the country's whale
Japan External Trade Organization's website appeared to be down for some users
on Wednesday at 10:48 a.m. The websites for Japan's National Tax Agency and
Japan Securities Finance Co.'s site stopped working earlier on the same day.
An anonymous Twitter user claiming to be affiliated with the hacking group
Anonymous took responsibility for the website crashes, according to tweets posted Wednesday morning.
The same hacker, protesting against Japan's whale and dolphin hunts, has claimed
responsibility for past cyber attacks on the websites of Japanese companies and
government institutions, including those of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the
Ministry of Finance, the Financial Services Agency and Nissan Motor Co.
The person said over Twitter that the latest attacks are mostly targeting the
government and "their wallets because money is what they care about." The person
said there would be more such attacks and declined to disclose his or her
Japanese whale and dolphin hunting has
continued despite international criticism. Decades of over-hunting has left
species including blue, fin and humpback whales endangered and triggered an
international campaign to save the animals that culminated with a 1986
moratorium on commercial whaling. Since the ban however, Japan has
killed thousands of whales by taking advantage of that treaty's exception on
whaling for scientific research.