Anonymous Target Turkish Banks, Disrupt Credit Card Transactions

Anonymous hackers have conducted yet another cyber attack on Turkey’s cyberspace targeting its banking system.

The online hacktivist Anonymous has conducted another series of cyber attacks on Turkey and, this time, their target was the backbone of the country ie. the banking sector.

According to local media, several banks were hit with powerful DDoS attack affecting credit card transactions and other online banking services.

The hackers begin to attack the banking and financial websites on Thursday which kept on coming till Friday evening. Some suggest the attacks are coming from Russia as a backlash to what happened in Turkish-Syrian border last month.

On Monday, a YouTube video claiming to be from Anonymous claimed that Turkey is supporting the terrorist group Daesh or ISIS and as a payback the group will hit the country’s airports, banks, government and military servers.


The very next day Turkish DNS Servers under NIC.tr was targeted with 40Gbps DDoS attack affecting 40,000 .tr domains worldwide.

“If you don’t stop supporting ISIS, we will continue attacking your internet, your root DNS, your banks and take your government sites down. After the root DNS, we will start to hit your airports, military assets and private state connections. We will destroy your critical banking infrastructure. Stop this insanity now Turkey. Your fate is in your own hands,” said Anonymous.

 

Three known banks who have confirmed the attack include State lender Ziraat Bank, Isbank and Garanti. The Turk Telekom has also confirmed the attack. Onur Oz, one of the spokesmen from Turk Telekom Internet provider defined the attack as “serious” and told Reuters that,

“The attacks are serious, But the target is not Turk Telekom. Instead, banks and public institutions are under heavy attack. A majority of Turkish institutions use Turk Telekom as the service provider, therefore, we are the ones doing the defense against these attacks.”

Binali Yildirim, the Turkish Minister for Transport, Maritime Affairs, and Communications said that situation is under control and a government cyber security take is defending the country’s cyber infrastructure.

The state of Turkey has been accused of aiding and buying oil from the Daesh terrorist group. Some also accuse Turkey of being a safe passage for the groups recruitment in Syria.

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HackRead is in touch with the Anonymous hackers who conducted 40Gbps DDoS on Turkish servers and once their official statement is released HR will update you.

Waqas

Waqas Amir is a Milan-based cybersecurity journalist with a passion for covering latest happenings in cyber security and tech world. In addition to being the founder of this website, Waqas is also into gaming, reading and investigative journalism.