Monday, June 13, 2011

Turkey tempts fate, arrests 32 Anonymous members

Turkey has set itself up to be hacked, as it has announced it has detained 32 individuals allegedly linked to the hacker group.  Turkey's state run news agency said the arrests took place across 12 cities, including Ankara and Istanbul.

Accessory Geeks 125x125Earlier, it was reported that Spain had detained three Anonymous members as well. In reprisal, Anonymous claimed it executed a DDoS attack, taking Spain's National Police website offline.

Turkey's action came in response to the hacking of the website of Turkey's Directorate of Telecommunications. Anonymous took that website was down last Thursday as a protest against what Anonymous says is planned government censorship of the Internet. Turkey plans to implement Internet content filtering in August.

Prior to last week's attacks on Turkey, Anonymous posted the following on its blog:
"Over the last few years, we have witnessed the censorship taken by the Turkish government, such as blocking YouTube, Rapidshare, Fileserve and thousands of other websites. Most recently, the government banned access to Google services. These acts of censorship are inexcusable."
Instead of taking down sites, perhaps Anonymous should join the movement to create "shadow networks" to get around restrictions in oppressive regimes.

Now the big question is: how long will it take Anonymous to respond, and which Turkish site will they take down this time?



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