Anonymous Strikes Again - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Anonymous Strikes Again

Published January 12, 2016

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Vincent Diamante/Wikimedia Commons

Hacktivist group Anonymous have once again shut down Icelandic government websites in response to whaling.

Kjarninn reports that, as promised, Anonymous has struck again. As before, their DDOS attacks are prompted by the hunting of fin whales by Icelandic whalers.

The attacks, being conducted under the hashtag #OpWhales, reportedly shut down every government website in the country for a number of hours.

Anonymous has also gathered more information on the people behind whaling, such as Kristján Loftsson, the director of Iceland’s largest whaling company, Hvalur hf., and named-and-shamed related parties.

Anonymous began the #OpWhales campaign last November, objecting in particular to the hunting of fin whales, which the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have classified as endangered, with a moratorium put in place on the breed by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986. They have vowed to continue the attacks until fin whaling is stopped.

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