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Hackers Crash Website of Controversial Thirty Meter Telescope Project

posted: 04/28/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
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Mauna Kea is already home to 13 other telescopes.
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A hacker group known as Operation Green Rights has claimed responsibility for crashing the website of the Thirty Meter Telescope, a controversial project that Hawaiian natives claim is desecrating sacred ground.

In a statement posted on their website, the group said: "Nothing will ever justify the destruction of ecosystems; filthy money can never replace them. Stand with the Hawaiian natives against #TMT".

The website was taken offline for several hours on Sunday evening after the group launched a Distributed Denial of Service attack, which overwhelmed the website's server and prevented legitimate access to the website.

Although 13 telescopes already exist on sacred Mauna Kea, the project's opponents claim that construction of the massive 18-story Thirty Mile Telescope is a detriment to local ecosystems. Click here fore more of DSCOVRD's coverage of the Thirty Meter Telescope controversy.

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