Several hacker attacks on government websites are being investigated by the Japanese authorities, shortly after hacker collective Anonymous released a statement criticizing new legislation against digital copyright infringement.
Anonymous stated that the beefed-up laws “will result in scores of unnecessary prison sentences to numerous innocent citizens”.
The finance ministry’s website was attacked on Tuesday and a number of pages were modified. Websites of the supreme court and intellectual property high court were also offline for short periods overnight, a finance ministry spokesperson said.
“We are aware of the Anonymous statement referring to the new copyright law, but we don’t know at this point if the cyberattacks are linked to the group,” the official said.
The new legislation is criticized because it could infringe on users’ privacy. It will do “little to solve the underlying problem of legitimate copyright infringement,” a statement published online and attributed to Anonymous said. “The content industry is now pushing ISPs in Japan to implement surveillance technology that will spy on… every single Internet user in Japan,” it said.
“This would be an unprecedented approach and severely reduce the amount of privacy law abiding citizens should have in a free society.”