Friday, June 29, 2012

Japan launches full probe into Anonymous hacker group over cyberattacks

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and other authorities have launched a full-scale investigation into the international hacker group Anonymous' alleged cyberattacks on Japanese political parties and government agencies.

The investigative authorities say the cyberattacks constitute obstruction of business operations by destroying computers, and are a violation of the Unauthorized Computer Access Law.

The authorities have retrieved compromised servers and other pertinent data from the targets of the cyberattacks to determine the extent of damage and pinpoint the perpetrators, officials said.

The Finance Ministry and the Kasumigaura River Office of the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry reported unauthorized access to their systems and said their websites were defaced.

In addition, websites of the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), the largest opposition Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the Supreme Court and the Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers (JASRAC) were hit with denial of service attacks.

Meanwhile, a member of Anonymous told the Mainichi Shimbun on June 29 that the hacker group will continue its cyberattacks on previous and new targets. The member made the vow in English in response to questions the Mainichi sent to Anonymous' website. Read More