Japanese airport website was taken down the by the hacktivist group Anonymous against the slaughtering of dolphins. Anonymous named it as #OpKillingBay. Anonymous launched a powerful DDoS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attack on the official website of Narita International Airport. The services were disrupted for about 2 days. However the operation of Anonymous has no effect on flight operations.
Japanese fisherman call the killing of dolphins as Taiji Dolphin Drive Hunt. The dolphin hunting takes place every year from the month of September to march. The slaughtering of dolphins takes place in Taiji, Wakayama. 1,623 dolphins were caught in Wakayama Prefecture in 2007 according to the Japanese Fisheries Research Agency.
The main motive behind the hacking of website was to protest against dolphin slaughter in the country and for preventing the actor and activist Ric O’Barry from entering Japan by the Japanese government. Ric O’Barry played a important role on the Oscar winning documentary, “The Cove” that pictured the killing of dolphins by Japan. The Anonymous group shut down the website by a DDoS attack. DDoS attack was done by sending enormous amount of traffic to the victim web server to the extent that it handle traffic anymore at which point we say that site is down.
Anonymous claimed responsibility for the DDoS attacks by posting a message through a Twitter account and supported Ric O’Barry. The Anonymous hacking group is collectively conducting a heated battle against the Japanese Government that has no intention to stop the slaughtering of Dolphin. Later the websites related to Japan National Tourism Organisation, Japan’s Fisherman Union. The Taiji’s Municipality website was also hit by DDos attacks earlier as the dolphins were sent into the small bay where the dolphins were killed in mass by the Japanese fishermen.