Japanese PM’s website under possible cyber attack

Tokyo, Dec 10 (IANS) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official website has been inaccessible since early Thursday morning indicating a possible cyber attack, officials said.

A message posted on Twitter at 3.30 a.m. (local time) suggested that the international group of hackers who call themselves Anonymous carried out the cyber-attack, public broadcaster NHK reported.

They apparently used a tactic called a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) that involves overwhelming a website by sending massive amounts of data.

Abe’s office and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department have an investigation.

A number of Japanese websites have recently come under suspected attacks by Anonymous.

The health, labour, and welfare Ministry’s website was inaccessible for three days in November.

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