Anonymous Launches Cyber Attack on Japanese Government #opJapan
The Japanese media is reporting that the hacker group Anonymous has launched cyber attacks on Japanese government websites. The attacks are a response to last week’s revision of Japanese copyright law, which added harsh new penalties for illegal downloading.
Here is a YouTube video announcing the operation and a quote from a press release:
Japan, home to some of the greatest technological innovations throughout history has now decided to go down the path as well and cave into the pressures of the content industry to combat piracy and copyright infringement. Earlier this week Japan approved an amendment to its copyright law which will give authorities the right to imprison citizens for up to two years simply for downloading copyrighted material
We at Anonymous believe strongly that this will result in scores of unnecessary prison sentences to numerous innocent citizens while doing little to solve the underlying problem of legitimate copyright infringement.
If this situation alone wasn’t horrible enough already, the content industry is now pushing ISPs in Japan to implement surveillance technology that will spy on and every single internet user in Japan. This would be an unprecedented approach and severely reduce the amount of privacy law abiding citizens should have in a free society.
To the government of Japan and the Recording Industry Association of Japan, you can now expect us the same way we have come to expect you in violating our basic rights to privacy and to an open internet.
Anonymous apparently achieved a security breach of the Ministry of Finance’s website. The Wall Street Journal states that the ministry shut down its website after a hacker “unnecessarily added information to part of the ministry’s website containing public information about Japan’s national properties.”
The official twitter account of OpJapan has declared that the cyber attacks will continue today.
— OpJapan Official (@op_japan) June 26, 2012