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Turkish police round up 32 suspected Anonymous hackers

The long arm of the law appears to catching up with Anonymous, the alleged hacktivist masterminds behind a recent string of denial of service (DoS) attacks against Sony's PlayStation Network and various other corporate and government websites across the globe. Just days after Spanish police announced the arrest of three suspected Anonymous leaders on Friday, Turkish police today revealed they have detained 32 other people believed to have been involved in Anonymous's online attacks on high profile Turkish websites.

Turkish police were prompted to take action against Anonymous after a group of its self-proclaimed members protested the country's introduction of internet filtering by overwhelming a number of Turkish government websites. The project, called 'Operation Turkey', was announced formerly beforehand in an Anonymous message which read:

Further implicating Anonymous's in the attacks were boastful claims made on the Anon_Central Twitter feed which listed the status of their ongoing Turkish operation, citing, "Targets: tib.gov.tr, dmi.gov.tr, meb.gov.tr, sgk.gov.tr | Status: down! down! down! down!"

Armed with a clear idea of who were behind the online protests, Turkish police were able to track down suspected Anonymous members by tracing their identities back through the LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Attack) program used to disrupt service on the targeted government websites.

The 32 suspects, eight of which have been identified as minors, are currently being detained in Ankara.

June 13, 2011

[Source: ReutersNaked Security]



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46 comments

  • ZigzMagoo - June 17, 2011 10:18 p.m.

    @DefiedData What about the invasion of Libya then? It shows that foreign abuse of human rights will not go unnoticed. I see what you mean though, nations can take away all your rights, as seen in Iran and North Korea
  • DeifiedData - June 15, 2011 10:02 p.m.

    @Zigzmagoo As I said, your rights are what your government says they are - living under their thrall, they can take away those rights at any time. If a right can be taken away as easy as it's given, by decree of *any* para-government organization, that right is not "inalienable". The UN can make as many decrees as it likes, but it's still up to the individual nations to accept them, and implement them among their population. An easy way to remember this is to ask yourself a few questions: "What does this right allow me to do, and not do?" "Where does this right come from?" "Have people *always* had this right, regardless of where they live?" "If I moved to Iran, would I still have this right?" ... Answer all of these questions, and the truth is clear. There are no rights, besides that of self-preservation, that cannot be taken away or drastically limited by the state. Human existence is inexorably tied to civilization, and civilization tends to manifest itself in coersive government. It's a sad, but true, fact.
  • Averagegamer18 - June 15, 2011 7:12 p.m.

    Hmm keeping a log of every internet activity, sounds like Fascism to me, or Communism. Yes I think it's fine to want more security policies but to keep a log of everything they do, is a basic violation of privacy, so I like Anonymous but they should change that; Legion, really.
  • ZigzMagoo - June 14, 2011 11:43 p.m.

    @DefiedData That is somewhat incorrect with the "no such thing as inalienable human rights". There is the Internation Declaration of Human Rights, and with the creation of the UN as an international policing force for countries, everyone has distinct rights, even if they aren't on par with North American Standards. Turkey has always been known to defy such human rights, going back to pre 1900's with their persecution of the Armenian people. These hackers did the right thing, in a "Che Guevara" way, in that they at least fought the state. To sit back and take abuse and injustice is much worse than jail in my opinion. "If you dont have something to live for, you'd best find something to die for"
  • DeifiedData - June 14, 2011 8:18 p.m.

    Can we all agree that if anon was responsible for the PSN attack, their ego would oblige them to immediately take credit?
  • SkyNet - June 14, 2011 7:57 a.m.

    Seeing as it's Turkey I bet the Anon part is a bs excuse to round up real protesters and silence them.
  • avantguardian - June 14, 2011 7:12 a.m.

    @salvadorzombie: i can't say much more than deifieddata. he nails it. the end DOES NOT necessarily justify the means. these kids are obviously amateurs trying to play superhero against forces they could not possibly comprehend. do i want things about our world to change? of course i do. we all do. but bush league bullshit like these kids are doing is only going to tighten the reigns. we have to be accountable. we have to be responsible. but most importantly, we have to be SMART. @deifieddata: i appreciate your eloquence. it seems easy for people to spin tall tales with only a scant sentence or two as reference. such is the era of the internets:) also, bonus points for the DDS pic. those were two of those games that stay with you for a while after you beat them...
  • ZigzMagoo - June 14, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    Why the fuck are you denouncing these guys? They are protecting their rights as human beings. Anonymous wasn't the ones who hacked Sony, and even if they were, it was Sony's fault for having a shitty defense. Some people are so fucking dumb on the interweb
  • ThatGuyFromTV - June 14, 2011 5:10 a.m.

    I'm just glad to see that there's a group out there who's actually willing to act to defend their rights. God knows how many people in America would actually do that on their own if their rights are in jeopardy.
  • Defguru7777 - June 14, 2011 4:01 a.m.

    Despite the possibility that Anonymous was justified (not that I agree, necessarily), this goes to show that the "organization" simply isn't that widely respected. And even if their intentions are good, those good intentions are lost when people are angry at their bad deeds, like threatening the PSN (not that they did, but they did threaten it). I certainly don't respect them. Not in the least.
  • ChrisEpicYarn - June 14, 2011 1:43 a.m.

    Sounds like we are starting to get our own version of Kira. Death Note fans eat your heart out.
  • Spybreak8 - June 14, 2011 1:38 a.m.

    See this is an internally different MO I mean they came out and said what they were doing. With the PSN attack there was no warning, no communication about the attack.
  • FeathersMcgraw - June 14, 2011 1:15 a.m.

    Yea guys celebrate! Some random people who aren't to blame are going to prison!
  • BlackElement17 - June 13, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    There is blood in the water. Mow no one on either side will be left unscathed.
  • DeifiedData - June 13, 2011 10:54 p.m.

    @salvadorzombie: There's well-intentioned activism, and then there's utter hubris. Defending the rights of a downtrodden people is a noble cause, but anon's attempts will do nothing but make the Turkish gov't crack down harder. Anon's problem is that they think they're invincible freedom fighters, when everything from the masks to the suits to the capes just screams of "Don Quixote". I'm sorry, anonymous, but you're not going to smash the state. Attempting to do so through illegal means will only make them stronger and turn the public against you. It's the "Anarchist's Axiom", so to speak: If you refuse to fight the state, you lose. If you fight the state, you'll be imprisoned and demonized and...lose. There are more productive pursuits these obviously talented men and women could be busying themselves with. Also, anon, there's no such thing as inalienable human rights. Your rights are what your gov't says they are, sad but true. The only natural right is that of self-preservation, and that comes from the individual.
  • Aletheon - June 13, 2011 10:13 p.m.

    Anonymous is bogus. Probably an imaginary group funded by the government. Just like Al CIAda.
  • shadowreaper72 - June 13, 2011 9:56 p.m.

    Although I will say that they are dumbasses for being caught. Did they really had to announce that they was the ones to do it on Twitter? And I dont know what an LOIC but some of the comments are suggesting that was also a dumbass method to use as well. If anon wants to help Turkey, they need to work on theyre skills on remaining i dont know....... anonoymous?
  • shadowreaper72 - June 13, 2011 9:51 p.m.

    At first when I heard about them getting arrested I was like " Yeah take that you fucking hackers!" But then I read what they want to do. For once.... I actually take Anons side. Looks like they want to stop being assholes and actually help people this time.
  • JohnnyBullet - June 13, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    They are justified in standing up against the government however with power comes great responsibility-> sound familiar!? These guys must take into account the action of other hackers wreaking havok and if these were the same guys that took down PSN than put them away!
  • salvadorzombie - June 13, 2011 9:08 p.m.

    @avantguardian - At least they're trying. Or are you seriously against homegrown activism against injustice? No matter what the form, there is genuine good intention behind some of it. But no...someone took away your precious video games for a while, so fuck everyone, right? God help us.

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