It appears that the hacker group Anonymous has followed through on their threat of war against ISIS and its supporters by launching a significant cyber attack against Turkey that seems to have done some major damage.
Hacktivist group Anonymous has claimed responsibility for a massive cyber attack against Turkey that took down hundreds of thousands of websites in the country.
Anonymous claimed to have carried out the attacks over Turkey’s support of the Islamic State, despite the fact that the government has repeatedly denied helping the terror group.
“Dear government of Turkey, if you don’t stop supporting ISIS, we will continue attacking your Internet, your root DNS, your banks and take your government sites down,” said a voice a video posted to an Anonymous YouTube channel, which has since been removed.
“After the root DNS we will start to hit your airports, military assets and private state connections,” it added. “We will destroy your critical banking infrastructure.”
Earlier this month, Turkish servers were bombarded for more than a week with some of the most intense cyberattacks in the country’s history.
The servers were under fire from a series of distributed denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, in which hackers attempt to crash websites with massive volumes of fake traffic.
“The attack left more than 400,000 websites down in Turkey,” said security research firm Radware in a blog post this week.
The government eventually had to cut off all foreign Internet traffic coming to “.tr” websites, the domain for Turkey, to mitigate the assault, Radware said.
Turkey has faced criticism for not proactively going after ISIS, especially given its geographic proximity to Syria and Iraq.
President Obama has publicly pressed the country to better secure its border with Syria. U.S. officials have also expressed frustration that Turkey is not policing the oil-smuggling trade that goes through Turkey and helps fund the extremist fighters.
Turkey hasn’t exactly been helpful in the fight against ISIS and you would think that they would be a little more concerned considering ISIS poses a direct and nearby threat.
Anonymous has been very active in their attempt to fight back against radical Islam and it seems that they are willing to go up against anyone who doesn’t aggressively condemn the violence.
Good for them. Keep it up.