Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official website has been inaccessible since early Thursday morning.
A message posted on Twitter around 3:30 AM Thursday Japan time suggests that the international group of hackers who call themselves Anonymous carried out a cyber-attack on the website.
They apparently used a tactic called a distributed denial-of-service attack, or DDoS, that involves overwhelming a website by sending massive amounts of data.
Abe’s website cannot be accessed as of 11 AM Thursday Japan time. Abe’s office and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department are investigating.
Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters that an attack by Anonymous has yet to be determined. But he said the government has been informed about the claim apparently made by the group.
A number of Japanese websites have recently come under suspected attacks by Anonymous.
The Health, Labor, and Welfare Ministry’s website was inaccessible for 3 days in November.
From : Dec. 10, 2015 – Updated 11:36 UTC+7
Link : http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20151210_24.html