OpKillingBay Update - February 2016


OpKillingBay is a yearly hacktivism operation by Anonymous, activists and other organizations in response to the hunting of whales and dolphins in Japan and Denmark.

 

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Abstract

OpKillingBay is a yearly hacktivism operation by Anonymous, activists and other organizations in response to the hunting of whales and dolphins in Japan and Denmark.

Background

OpKillingBay is an annual campaign that was started in 2013 by Anonymous. It was created by Anonymous to bring attention to the hunting of whales and dolphins in Japan and Denmark. The campaign begins in Japan every year in September with the dolphin hunting season, one of the largest in the world, and runs through the end of February. During this time the hacktivists work together to bring awareness to their causes by launching network crippling attacks on those that support, finance or are indirectly involved in the business of whale and dolphin hunting.

Reasons for Concern

In this series of attacks, we have seen SQL injections, data dumps and service outages caused by denial-of-service attacks from ongoing persistent campaigns by Anonymous. OpKillingBay has targeted a number of industries directly and indirectly related to the hunting of dolphins and whales for the last 6 months. This group has bypassed a number of services and has caused mass disruption for a number of organizations and governments. This is a very well organized operation by Anonymous.

 

Targets

 

Each operation provides its own target list for other hacktivists. Organizers have maintained these sites and are constantly updating them throughout the course of the operation. Each list contains over 100 targets and details the website name, server, ports, and IP address.

Industries Targeted

Targeted Sites Since Mid-December

OpKillingBay

OpWhales

OpSeaWorld

Christmas Attack

On December 24th, 2015 Anonymous member, RektFaggoti, published hacked and leaked information from OpSeaWorld, OpWhales, and OpKillingBay targets.ii

OpKillingBay - DDoS

OpKillingBay - Hacked and dumped

OpSeaWorld - Hacked and dumped

OpWhales - Offline

What's Expected Next

We expect to see denial of service attacks, data dumps and service outages caused by these campaigns. Its expected that those industries directly and indirectly related to the hunting of dolphins and whales will continue to see a wave of attacks throughout the end of the hunting season. After the hunting season is over members will focus on other operations until the beginning of the hunting season in September.

How to Prepare

Attacks like these are hard to avoid, as the core of the issue is ideological differences. While the victims of these attacks are conducting business within their rights, the groups behind OpKillingBay and other operations are driven by emotions and what they believe to be social injustice. As these two groups continue to disagree, expect to see a persistent state of attacks.

Organizations under Attack Should Consider

In addition to Radware products, we recommend that you review your network once a year during the month of August. As these attacks occur on an annual basis, maintaining and inspecting networks is necessary in order to defend against these types of attacks.

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