Global “hacktivist” group Anonymous has announced a campaign to disrupt communications channels of the Turkish government in response to its handling of the Gezi protests, with reports of two cyberattacks on Sunday.
Turkish media reported on Monday that Anonymous had “managed to take down access” to the Official Gazette, the Turkish government's journal for publishing legislation and announcements, on Sunday. As of Monday morning, the site appeared fully functional. An early-Monday attack on the website of the private news channel NTV was also reported.
Addressed to “citizens of Turkey,” a video posted on Sunday on YouTube and titled “#opTurkey” took aim at the Turkish government's response to protests against the demolition of İstanbul's Gezi Park, a small sit-in that morphed into demonstrations involving thousands after police responded with tear gas and water cannon.
“Anonymous is outraged by this behavior,” the voice in the video states. “And we will unites across the globe and bring the Turkish government to its knees. We will attack every Internet and communications asset of the Turkish government.
“You have censored social media and other communications of your people in order to suppress the knowledge of your crimes against them. Now Anonymous will shut you down and your own people will remove you from power,” the group tells the Turkish administration. Then, addressing the protesters: “Know that Anonymous stands with you in this fight.”
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