Anonymous To Continue Anti-Whaling Attacks - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Anonymous To Continue Anti-Whaling Attacks

Published December 10, 2015

Nanna Árnadóttir
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The animal welfare entity within the hacktivist group Anonymous plan to continue their cyber attacks on Iceland in a bid to end whaling.

Yesterday we reported that Pirate Party MP, Birgitta Jónsdóttir, had been in touch with the group and convinced them to stop as she felt the actions were working against them. Since then, we have been contacted by Anonymous who have reiterated that attacks will continue until Iceland stops whaling.

Additionally they tweeted that more attacks had happened since they spoke with Birgitta.

One such attack was on HB Grandi’s website, who Anonymous have taken down before. HB Grandi conducts fin whale hunting in Iceland.

As reported last week, Anonymous launched a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in their #OpWhales campaign against Icelandic whaling which effectively shut down every government ministry’s website, with the exception of the Ministry of Welfare, for about 13 hours.

While the campaign targets the hunting of any whales, Anonymous objects in particular to the hunting of fin whales. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has classified fin whales as endangered, with a moratorium put in place on the breed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986.

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