Hacking collective Anonymous has claimed responsibility for the
week-long cyber attack on Turkey, which it accused of “supporting” the
jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and threatened
additional attacks in case the alleged support continues.
is supporting Daesh [ISIL] by buying oil from them, and hospitalizing
their fighters. We won’t accept that Erdoğan, the leader of Turkey, will
help [ISIL] any longer,” the group has said.
Accusing Turkey of
providing financial and logistic support to the militant group,
Anonymous also threatened to launch more cyberattacks unless Turkey
“stops supporting” the group.
“We will continue attacking your
internet, your root DNS, your banks and take your government sites
down,” it said. “After the root DNS, we will start to hit your airports,
military assets and private state connections. We will destroy your
critical banking infrastructure,” the group added.
The Anonymous attacks come only weeks after a similar accusation by Russian President Vladimir Putin, claiming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s family was involved in illicit oil trade with ISIL.
Turkey and Russia have been waging a war of words, in addition to economic sanctions by the latter, since Turkey’s downing of a Russian fighter jet on Nov. 24 for violating Turkish airspace.
Erdoğan challenged his Russian counterpart Putin to either prove his claims or resign.
my family with these accusations is especially immoral,” Erdoğan said,
arguing that even Russians themselves did not believe in the claims.
Meanwhile, a U.S. special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs refuted Putin’s claims that Ankara
was profiting from an illegal trade with ISIL, explaining that the
amount of oil smuggled into Turkey is “extremely low, has decreased over
time and is of no significance from a volume perspective.”
The Iraqi Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) also denied the claims and refuted footage released by the Russian
Defense Ministry allegedly showing trucks carrying ISIL oil to Turkey.
The trucks in the footage were actually carrying oil from the KRG to
Turkey’s Ceyhan port, head of the KRG’S energy commission said.
has been experiencing cyberattacks that started on Dec. 14, targeting
nearly 400,000 websites with the extension “.tr.” The cyberattack nearly
came to a halt in the morning hours of Dec. 21, and recovery and damage
assessment has been launched by leading IT organizations along with
Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ).
Turkish IT professionals
in response banned access to the DNS from abroad and communication
channels were re-opened when the cyberattack first started. Around
400,000 websites, however, were denied access from abroad.