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[ISN] The Sea Shepherd's cyberwar

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Jan 17 2012 - 11:26:47 GMT

By Darren Pauli
Jan 16, 2012

Tasmanian techie spreads security.

The war between anti-whaling outfit Sea Shepherd and Japanese whalers
isn’t just occuring on the high seas, it’s also in cyberspace, with
hackers believed to have attacked the environmental vigilante's websites
as whalers try to block radio communications between its ships.

The organisation has fought a protracted and public battle with whaling
vessels in the Artic and Antarctic for 20 years. It refutes Japan’s
claim that the slaughter of whales was for scientific research, and
accuses the nation of breaking an international moratorium on whaling.

And as the activists rebuild the Brigitte Bardot damaged in their
current Southern Ocean campaign, they will keep close eye on

“Security is crucial for us,” said Doug O’Neil, who looks after ships IT
and communications for Sea Shepherd. “We need to make sure our
communications are secure.”


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