The international hacker collective Anonymous attacked at least three Japanese websites linked to nuclear power. The reason is the planned discharge of treated cooling water from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea, which has been approved by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). “We must stop turning the sea into a dumping ground for economic reasons,” said one Anonymous member.
DDoS attacks by Anonymous
According to the Japanese non-profit news agency Kyodo News, the hacktivist group has accessed the websites of Japan’s Atomic Energy Agency, nuclear power generation company Japan Atomic Power Co. and the Atomic Energy Society of Japan (AESJ) – an organization that claims to be involved in the progress of development contribute to atomic energy – attacked. As a result of the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, data traffic on the Atomic Energy Agency’s website, for example, increased 100 times compared to the usual level. However, countermeasures would not have affected accessibility.
Anonymous has therefore intensified its cyber offensive after the IAEA approved the discharge of tritium water into the sea in early July. The treated cooling water has a negligible impact on people and the environment, it was said after an almost two-year on-site inspection. The plans of the Japanese also correspond to the safety standards of the IAEA.
anonymous “target list”
According to IT security company NTT Security Japan, Anonymous released a “target list” of possible victims after the Japanese government decided to dump the treated water from Fukushima Daiichi into the sea. According to the report, in addition to the targets attacked, the nuclear power plant operator TEPCO, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry and the Liberal Democratic Party were also on the list.
A member of Anonymous told Kyodo News that the Japanese government’s policy of releasing the treated water lacks transparency because citizens are not involved in the decision-making process. A representative from NTT Security warned that vigilance was required as attacks could continue to escalate once initiated. Protests against the Japanese plan have also been raised in South Korea, China and other countries bordering the Pacific. According to reports, dumping is expected to begin later this month.
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