TOKYO – The “Anonymous” group of computer hackers attacked the website of Japan’s Narita airport, making it inaccessible for several hours, following the arrest of an activist who protested against the slaughter of dolphins last week.
The cyberattacks occurred Friday at 9:30 p.m. local time (1230 GMT) and Tokyo’s Narita airport, one of the main airports of Japan, was unable to restore the website until hours later, according to local media reports on Sunday.
Anonymous claimed the attack on one of its Twitter accounts and linked the hacking to the arrest of American dolphin activist Ric O’Barry, local media said.
The Japanese airport was the target of a Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, an attack which occurs when a website or online service’s capacity to handle internet traffic is overloaded, usually by automated programs set to flood the site with requests.
The hackers group has claimed another 37 cyberattacks on Japanese websites since September last year, including that of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in protest of whale hunting in the country.
Anonymous’ most recent target was Japanese carmaker Nissan, whose websites remained inaccessible following a DDoS attack by the group in early January.