Anonymous forces Nissan websites offline in protest against continued Japanese whaling

By midian182
Jan 14, 2016
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  1. Anonymous has said that it is behind the attacks on two of Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan’s websites. The hacktivist group says the move is in protest at Japan’s whale hunting activities in the Antartic, despite Nissan saying that it has no views on such hunting activities.

    Both Nissan’s global site,, and Japanese site,, were hit with distributed denial of service attacks. The company took down the affected websites as a precaution, but the US and European sites remained online.

    "At Nissan, customer privacy and security is of utmost importance, and we take any potential threat to our information systems seriously," said a spokesman."Because of a potential distributed denial of service [DDoS] attack, we are temporarily suspending service on our websites to prevent further risks. Nissan continuously monitors and takes aggressive steps to ensure the protection of our information systems and all of our data."

    Nissan is the latest in a line of Japanese companies to come under attack from Annonymous. The group has targeted nearly 100 different websites in Japan as part of its anti-whaling #OpWhales campaign, including those of government officers, aquariums, news organizations, airports, and even the personal website of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

    The attacks followed similar ones against Icelandic institutions in November that were part of the same campaign. Most of Iceland’s government websites were unavailable for about 13 hours.

    One of the hackers claiming responsibility for the attack tweeted that it was done as a protest and not to steal information. "@Nissan.@NissanJP There have been no threat against your information systems. The attack was to take your websites offline [not] steal data."

    In 2014, an International Court of Justice ruled that Japan must halt whaling in the Antartic after finding that it wasn’t being conducted for scientific purposes. Despite this judgment, Japan only stopped its hunting activities for one year.

    Japan claims the whaling is for research purposes that can only be carried out using lethal methods. It also argues that most whale species are not endangered, and the population is large enough to allow sustainable whaling. The country admits that the meat from the animals is processed into food.

    Last month, Anonymous claimed to be behind the massive cyberattack campaign against Turkey; punishment for the country’s alleged dealings with terrorist organization ISIS.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,141   +481

    English is obviously not their first language or they're American.
    Skidmarksdeluxe and Nobina like this.
  3. Evernessince

    Evernessince TS Evangelist Posts: 1,102   +532

    At the very least these guys are amusing. The only problem with Anonymous is that anyone can masquerade as them. I remember a few years back they did something not so cohesive with their message (take down a library's website?). It'll be interesting to see if they can maintain their image without interlopers stepping in.
  4. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,374   +2,165

    Whaling companies --> Whale
    Nissan --> Engineers, designs, and manufactures cars
    Anonymous --> Uses DDoS against... Nissan... to protest whaling.
    SirChocula, ikesmasher and gamoniac like this.
  5. gamoniac

    gamoniac TS Addict Posts: 292   +68

    So they randomly attack any Japanese web sites to protest against whaling? It does not make a lick of sense.
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  6. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 618   +143

    I'm all for that.'s worse then japanese porn
    Last edited: Jan 14, 2016
  7. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 618   +143

    then not as
  8. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 727   +230

    You know you can edit your posts, don't you?
  9. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 618   +143

    I'd hope I could but don't see a big old edit button...wait I see it now ! Thanks
  10. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,374   +2,165

    If it swims, we can kill it.
  11. EClyde

    EClyde TS Maniac Posts: 618   +143

    Cats and dogs swim. What's your next move?
  12. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,374   +2,165

    We get to the chopper.
  13. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 1,937   +157

    Shouldn't they attack harpoon manufactures instead? Seems pretty random, even the politicians who make the laws, someone or anyone who is related the whaling.
  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    AFAIK, Nissan is an industrial conglomerate, so who knows what they make in total.

    Pick a name, Yamaha, Hitachi, Honda, Kawasaki, they all make a whole lot more than those things for which they're most famous.
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2016
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  15. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,340   +1,938

    You forgot Mitsubishi. :)
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  16. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    Indeed I did....:oops:
  17. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,374   +2,165

    And you both forgot Toshiba.
  18. alansmith

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  19. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,141   +481

    My guess would be that they are trying to get people attention
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,462   +1,760

    I would think it would be to move the Japanese away from eating whales, and toward eating cats and dogs. Then, all that's left to do is stock the Bering Sea and Sea of Japan to the brim with the newly sanctioned felid and canid game species, and, "kick back and watch the show", so to speak (*).

    Of course, this would require downsizing the harpoons dramatically, to reduce the amount of, "puppy-burger for dinner again" complaints, from the Japanese consumer at large. I also expect that kitten-burgers could get tedious as well, if served for days on end.

    @EClyde: Incidentally, this "dog and cat now on the menu" move, would align Japanese culinary philosophy and practices, with much of the rest of their Asiatic neighbors. In China for example, Fido and Whiskers are already their own food group, "the other red meats".

    (*) (The pun in connection with Japanese porn is intended, hence the shock quotes).
    Last edited: Jan 17, 2016

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