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Nissan websites hacked in protest of Japan's whaling exploits

The automaker doesn't have a single thing to do with whaling, of course, but good luck telling that to the person behind the keyboard.

As of this writing, Nissan's global site remains offline.


Typically, when you want to rally against a specific cause, it helps to project your efforts towards the folks in charge of said cause. That's clearly not the case with Nissan, which has seen several of its websites hacked as a result of Japanese whaling activism. Don't worry, it's not supposed to make sense.

Nissan's global corporate websites and its Japanese market sites were taken offline earlier this week after suffering a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack. Essentially, a DDoS sends an overwhelming amount of Web traffic to a single site, which often overwhelms its servers and shuts the whole operation down.

The antiwhaling campaign came from Twitter, using the hashtags #OpWhales and #OpKillingBay. Automotive News reports that the DDoS is linked to the nebulous collective Anonymous, but it was not officially sanctioned. Considering anyone can say they're linked to Anonymous, it's a tenuous connection at best.

Other sites were hit, as well, including the prime minister's website, which makes more sense -- Japan still does sanction whaling, albeit under the guise of scientific research. But to shut down a website because its business exists in the same country as some whalers is a little silly.

Nissan did not immediately return a request for comment.