Iceland Kills Whales, So Anonymous Hackers Shut Down Its Government’s Websites


Anonymous, a loosely associated network of anonymous hackers and hacktivists that recently made the news for attack ISIS’ social media accounts, has entered the animal rights arena in a big way – by attacking Icelandic government websites in response to the country’s illegal whaling practices.

The hackers targeted the websites of every Icelandic ministry except the ministry of welfare, shutting their websites down for 13 hours between November 27th and 28th. Though the International Whaling Commission has established a commercial whaling moratorium, and Iceland is a member of this commission, Icelandic companies continue to engage in commercial whaling. The hacktivists’ video name the endangered fin whale and the Icelandic company Hvalur as two of the main actors in this situation.