Today, Thursday, the international Internet hactivist collective known as Anonymous launched a successful DDoS attack against the Turkish government, taking down several official government websites, including http://tib.gov.tr/ and http://www.sgk.gov.tr.
Anonymous is protesting Internet censorship in Turkey. The Turkish government plans to implement a filter on Internet browsing on Aug. 22 under the pretense of protecting the youth from „harmful elements on the web.“ Critics argue that the filter will lead to wide-spread censorship.
The current Anonymous cyber attacks against the Turkish government consist of DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks using a coordinated network of Low Orbit Ion Canons (LOICs). Such attacks are an orchestrated attempt to make a computer resource unavailable to its intended user.
The following is an excerpt from a video statement released Monday by those claiming to represent the nebulous collective known as Anonymous:
To the citizens of Turkey.
We are Anonymous.
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. The internet is a platform for freedom, a place where anyone and everyone can come together, discuss topics, and share information, without the fear of government interference.
We, Anonymous, will not stand by and let this go unnoticed. We will fight with the Turkish people against their government’s rain of censorship.
Citizens of Turkey, Anonymous now fights with you.
While the Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) of Turkey claims the proposed system of Internet filters is harmless, and will simply offer users more options, Anonymous and other concerned observers fear a much more draconian effect.
Last May tens of thousands Turkish citizens protested in Istanbul against the proposed Internet censorship. Anonymous and other critics worry the filtering system would make it possible to keep records of people’s Internet activity and may be used as a means to prevent or halt possible political protest or dissidence.
Many Thanks to AnonOps
- Anonymous: Operation Turkey – Fighting the censorship taking place in Turkey (serpentsembrace.wordpress.com)
- Anonymous takes down Turkish site in censorship protest (thenextweb.com)
- Turkish Government Sites Targeted by Anonymous (pcworld.com)
- Anonymous takes down Turkish site to protest censorship (news.cnet.com)