Hacktivists group “Anonymous” launched DDoS attack on Narita International Airport of Japan and claimed its responsibility. The website went offline on the 22nd and 23rd of January for several hours due to which passengers were unable to access flight information. However, it did not have any effect on flight operations.
The DDoS attack came as a result of protest against the detainment of Ric O’Barry, an animal rights activist, on the airport. This was revealed by a Twitter account linked to Anonymous. O’Barry was detained as the authorities suspected him of planning a campaign against the slaughter of dolphins, porpoises and small whales. Nearly 20,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales are slaugtered every year for meat by Japanese fishermen.
The annual culling at Taiji, where wild dolphins are herded from the open ocean into a shallow pen and then killed using metal poles, has been the subject of international criticism for its cruelty.
Anonymous has targeted Japanese websites in the past as a protest against the country’s whaling practices. It recently took down the global website of automobile manufacturer Nissan as an anti-whaling protest.