The infamous hacktivist group Anonymous claimed responsibility for a powerful cyberattack on the Turkish internet last week and vowed to continue such cyberattacks for the foreseeable future. Anonymous said the attacks will continue until Ankara stops supporting Islamic State (IS), a militant group also known as Daesh. Anonymous termed Turkish support of IS as insanity. The hacktivist group launched a massive Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on several websites in Turkey. Originally, it was believed that the attack came from Russian hackers however, Anonymous released a video claiming responsibility for the cyberattack in response to Turkey’s support for IS.
Anonymous stated that the attack fell in line within the framework of the counter-terrorist cyber operation #OpISIS, and operations specifically launched to disrupt ISIS’ digital presence after recent Paris Attacks. Brief transcript from the video is produced as follows,
We won’t accept that [President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, the leader of Turkey, will help ISIS any longer. The new media has already stated that Turkey’s Internet has been the victim of massive DDoS attacks… Turkey is supporting Daesh by buying oil from them, and hospitalizing their fighters. If you don’t stop supporting ISIS, we will continue attacking your internet, your root DNS, your banks and take your government sites down. After the root DNS we will start to hit your airports, military assets and private state connections… We will destroy your critical banking infrastructure. Stop this insanity now, Turkey. Your fate is in your own hands.
The threat from Anonymous is under the belief that Turkey is indirectly sponsoring Islamic State as recently claimed by Russia. It is safe to assume that if Anonymous were to conduct the aforementioned attacks, Turkey may face even larger problems than Russia in the near future. On the other hand, Ankara has repeatedly denied allegations of oil purchase from Islamic State, but to no avail.
Watch the video from Anonymous below: