Saturday, 26 December 2015

Anonymous Declares Cyber War on Turkey Over ‘Supporting ISIS’

The Anonymous hacktivist group has taken responsibility for a powerful cyber-attack on the Turkish sector of the internet last week. It promised to continue waging cyber warfare on .tr domains until Ankara stops the “insanity” of supporting Islamic State.
The massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Turkish websites last week, initially attributed to spooky “Russian hackers,” has been clarified with Anonymous issuing a video claiming responsibility and declaring cyber war on Turkey for supporting terrorists of Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL).

The DDoS attack (measured in gigabits per second, or plainly how much traffic is being sent to a site) on Turkish DNS servers reached 40 Gbps, quite enough to shut down altogether any domain.

The attack began on December 14, and came to a halt only a week later, on December 21. Turkish media alleged that 400,000 .tr domains were forced offline.

The affected websites were able to return online only after Turkey’s leading National Response Center for Cyber Events cut off all incoming international traffic to the .tr websites, thus shutting down national “internet borders,” completely and denying “anybody outside the country access to Turkish websites,” Anonymous pointed out.

I do not know how genuine or independent Anonymous is from the military-security establishment, but demanding Turkey stop its support for ISIS is a good thing. Let's just hope that this is not part of a measure to destabilise Turkey, and install someone more compliant to western demands than Erdogan, who might then engage in the same support for terrorism while Anonymous looks away.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, December 26th, 2015.]

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