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    Japanese Finance Agencies' Websites Brought Down by Anonymous-Linked Group

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    The websites of Japan's National Tax Agency, External Trade Organization and several private financial companies were hacked on Wednesday by an Anonymous-linked group of hackers, local media reported.

    TOKYO (Sputnik) — According to agency officials, an anonymous Twitter post suggested hackers were affiliated with the international hacking collective Anonymous, the NHK broadcaster said.

    The attacks may have targeted the Japanese websites in protest against Tokyo’s resumption of whale hunting on December 1, according to the media outlet.

    The hacking follows attacks on the Japanese Finance Ministry earlier this month and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in late January.

    Commercial whaling has been banned across the world for nearly three decades. The International Whaling Commission allows hunting and killing whales for scientific research purposes, a loophole Japan has been exploiting for decades.

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