NARITA, CHIBA PREF. – Cyberattacks disrupted access to the official website of Narita airport from Friday night to Saturday, with the international hacker group Anonymous claiming responsibility, according to the airport’s operator. Narita International Airport Corp. said police confirmed the attacks were carried out by the group.
The website appears to have been hit by attacks that involved large amounts of data being sent in a short period of time. No flight operations were affected.
Earlier, a message posted on a Twitter account that claims to be related to the hacker group hinted it may have been involved in the attacks.
The message also protested Japan’s refusal to let activist Ric O’Barry, star of “The Cove,” the Oscar-winning documentary about the annual dolphin slaughter in the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, enter the country this month.
The airport operator said the website became inaccessible at around 9:30 p.m. on Friday.
Although it was restored shortly past 1 a.m. on Saturday. Accessing the site once again became difficult Saturday morning and evening.
The website experienced a similar problem last October after someone claiming to be a member of the hacker group took credit for an attack.