Guilt by association: Anonymous targets Nissan over Japanese whale hunting

As part of its ongoing campaign against whale hunting, vigilante hacktivist group Anonymous yesterday launched distributed denial of service attacks against Japanese car manufacturer Nissan.

While Japan is associated with the controversial practice, Nissanfor its part has no known affiliation with whale hunting. Nevertheless, thecompany was targeted due to its status as a major Japanese corporation, and wasforced to temporarily take down its domestic and global websites on Wednesday while trafficoverwhelmed them.

To generate headlines and awareness over its OpWhalescampaign, Anonymous has recently attacked Japanese and Icelandic government andorganizational websites, while also championing its cause over social media.

Bradley Barth

As director of community content at CyberRisk Alliance, Bradley Barth develops content for SC Media online conferences and events, as well as video/multimedia projects. For nearly six years, he wrote and reported for SC Media as deputy editor and, before that, senior reporter. He was previously a program executive with the tech-focused PR firm Voxus. Past journalistic experience includes stints as business editor at Executive Technology, a staff writer at New York Sportscene and a freelance journalist covering travel and entertainment. In his spare time, Bradley also writes screenplays.

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