Feeds

Japanese anti-nuke groups DoS-bombed by mystery attackers

Local cops have no leads - blame Tor again

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Over 30 anti-nuclear grass roots groups in Japan have been deluged with millions of spam emails over the past two months in what appears to be a co-ordinated campaign to disrupt and obstruct them.

More than 2.53 million emails were sent to at least 33 activist groups since mid-September, with 430,000 sent to just two groups between October 24 and November 4, according to The Asahi Shimbun.

The groups include Women’s Active Museum on War and Peace, the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes and Fukushima Genpatsu Kokusodan – a body dedicated to filing complaints about the stricken Fukushima plant.

One email apparently read: "Unless we kill all of the anti-nuclear believers, world peace will be never achieved."

However, the main purpose of the attack appears to have been denial of service.

Using Tor to hide their IP address, the attackers apparently obtain the contact email addresses of the groups and then register them with other like-minded groups – using a special program to register up to hundreds of times per minute.

The responses from said sites then deluge the groups’ inboxes in a classic DoS style.

There’s talk that the attackers may be trying to create discord between the groups, but at the moment there are apparently no leads.

Japanese police don’t have a great track record when it comes to solving computer crime.

The National Police Agency (NPA) famously lost face at the start of the year after arresting four innocent suspects whose PCs had been taken over and used to post threatening messages on the net – even extracting false confessions from some of them.

The innocents were only let go after the Tor-using "Demon Killer" continued the posts while they were in custody.

The NPA has since proposed what amounts to a ban on the Tor anonymiser network in the country. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*
More alleged private, nude celeb pics appear online
Home Depot ignored staff warnings of security fail laundry list
'Just use cash', former security staffer warns friends
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
UK.gov lobs another fistful of change at SME infosec nightmares
Senior Lib Dem in 'trying to be relevant' shocker. It's only taxpayers' money, after all
Who.is does the Harlem Shake
Blame it on LOLing XSS terroristas
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
Freenode IRC users told to change passwords after securo-breach
Miscreants probably got in, you guys know the drill by now
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer chat app Bleep goes live as public alpha
A good day for privacy as invisble.im also reveals its approach to untraceable chats
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.