Who Hacked The Website of the Thirty Meter Telescope?

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The website of the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) was hacked after a cyber-attack on Sunday.

TMT is engaged in building one of the world’s largest telescopes on the peak of Mauna Kea on Hawaii’s Big Island.

According to authorities, the main website of the company went down for about two hours after a cyber-attack. The website came back to normal operation on Sunday evening, and now it is now running normally.

The attack was confirmed by Caroline Witherspoon, a spokeswoman of Thirty Meter Telescope. The spokeswoman did not say who was responsible for hacking the website.

However, Operation Green Rights, which claims to be affiliated to the hacker group Anonymous, published on its blog that they are responsible for the hacking. The blog website also posted screenshots on Sunday, including screenshots of both the Thirty Meter Telescope website as well as the main website of Hawaii’s state government.

“TMT today was the victim of an unscrupulous denial of service attack, apparently launched by Anonymous,” said Sandra Dawson, a spokeswoman for the project. “The incident is being investigated,” The Associated Press reported.

TMT Observatory Corp. is building the $1.4 billion telescope on Mauna Kea, which has been described as an ideal location for a large telescope. But, locals are not happy with this new telescope. They protested against the telescope’s construction on the highest mountain in the Hawaiian Islands. Earlier this month, 31 protesters were arrested at the site.

The land on top of Mauna Kea is considered to be sacred by natives. Recently, Hawaii Gov. David Ige arranged a halt in construction to further discuss the issue.

Cindy McMillan, who is director of communications, had asked security personnel to investigate the hacking issue. There was no issue with the government websites, and all are working normally.

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