Turkey prepares for Anonymous election attack

Turkey is taking precautions in web security before its upcoming elections.

Its government says it has already started preparing against attacks on official websites, clearly quaking in its boots about possible interference from loose collective Anonymous.

The group, well publicised for bringing both companies and official government websites to their knees, is thought to be targeting the Turkish government over its plans for internet censorship.

Turkey’s consideration of the cyber threat has been praised by a security expert with high clearance, who did not wish to be named. Our source reckons proper precaution shows that Turkey’s government could be one step ahead of the group, but also ahead of both the UK and the US.

Turkish hacker groups have been pulling ranks, saying they will launch a counter attack on Anonymous if it tries its luck.

“Although Turkey may be behind the UK in some areas,” our source said, “it’s clearly far more awake than us and the US when it comes to tackling cyber crime.”

“Unlike the UK, America and companies which have allowed attack upon attack to continue, Turkey is taking the cyber bull by the horns and making moves to stop this group.

“That said, going public with it could make the group, which we all know is keen to put its points across, much more determined to cause havoc.

“Instead of fighting just this one group, all countries should be working day and night to ensure they aren’t at risk – as well as sending out a message to companies.”

Anonymous doesn’t seem too concerned. In a posting on the anonnews.org website, the group issued a press release – “Operation Turkey” – pledging to fight internet censorship in the country.

The first major attack is planned for 6 pm Turkish time, (1500 GMT) on Thursday.  It succeeded in launching an attack and blocking a telecoms association website on Wednesday.

Anonymous has beef with authorities over plans by the government to censor the net as well as plans for a new filtering system. Turkey’s people took to the sreets recently to protest what is seen as further encroaching on human rights. The public opinion is that allusions of web filtering for child protection is a smokescreen to stamp out possible protest or dissidence. 

The plans are due to come into force in August, which will force users to sign up for one of four filters – domestic, family, children and standard – before they can access the net.

Anonymous said the filtering system would make it possible to keep records of people’s movements online.

“We will bring our support to circumvent censorship and retaliate against organisations imposing censorship,” it said in a statement.