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After entering late January, compared to the global concern caused by Wuhan pneumonia, Turkey’s performance in the Libyan war appears relatively worthless. What’s more, Turkish President Recep Erdogan also announced on January 26 that “there is no plan to send troops to Libya.” At this point, a possible war is dying again.

But on another front, the Turkish hackers seem to have changed the calm of the Ankara authorities and turned to a full-scale attack. Its attacks ranged from Greece along the Mediterranean coast, to European countries, and to China as far away as East Asia, almost setting off a world war.

In addition, Reuters also published an exclusive report on January 28 that Turkey’s developed hacker groups were “serving the interests of the authorities”, which made the Turkish side’s action worthy of note.

In fact, the Turkish hacker group has begun to increase its frequency of activities after entering January 2020.

On January 17, the Turkish hacker group “Anka Neferler Tim” (Turkish means “Phoenix Fighter Squad”), which attacked Iceland and Germany in June 2019, once attacked the official websites of important Greek institutions in retaliation for the Greek authorities. “Threat speech” about Turkey.

It is reported that the group announced on January 17 that it would launch an attack on “all the websites of Greek government departments that have made negative comments on Turkey.” On the same day, the organization took more than 90 minutes of “address hijacking” or “DDoS” attacks on the official websites of the Greek Parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance, the National Intelligence Agency, and the Athens Stock Exchange. Some websites had to be temporarily closed due to overloaded traffic.
Intelligence shows that Turkish hackers have been accustomed to taking “although far away” attacks on hot issues since they have been active in recent years. For example, when Germany and Turkey met each other in 2019 on issues such as the Kurdish and Armenian massacres, the Turkish folk even launched a campaign against 24 party groups such as the German ruling party Christian Democracy, Turkish Opposition Democratic Party, and Kurdish Workers Party “Attack contest” campaign.

Of course, compared with attacks on neighboring countries, Turkish hackers have attracted the attention of the Chinese world or their attacks on Chinese websites over the years due to Xinjiang issues. In the first half of 2019, there was cyber security intelligence showing that the Turkish hacker organization “Ayyildiz Tim” (meaning “Xingyue Squad” in Turkish) had tampered with pages and injected into the websites of various party and government agencies and private enterprises in mainland China. Code and other attacks.

By late December 2019, the Turkish hacker community has established a new group “Turan Ordusu” (meaning “Turan Army” in Turkish) specifically for China. When the organization was established, it called on Xinjiang and called on Turkish hackers to take action against China.

Although the organization ’s influence is currently limited, some analysts have pointed out that using Chinese search engines such as Baidu to search for the phrase “Hacked By TurkHackTeam” in the source code used by the organization to invade websites, a considerable number of Chinese websites can be found Has been attacked.

It must be acknowledged that compared to the cyber warfare techniques used by Syria, Russia and other countries in their surrounding military operations, Turkey can be regarded as a witch. The cyber warfare units of the Syrian intelligence service have used the “Goldmouse” (APT-C-27) and other virus tools to successfully break into the social networks of Syrian opposition militants and achieved “Free Army” operations Army information, maps of the war zone with latitude and longitude, and a large number of hand-held ID photos of opposition soldiers. But intelligence also suggests that the Turkish Interior Ministry appears to have been involved in cyberattacks on Cyprus, Greece and Iraq.

Considering that today’s social military conflicts and cyber attacks are becoming more and more closely linked, cyber warfare has long been an important means of gaming among countries. Whether Turkey will start a compound war with unpredictable consequences when the situation in Libya and other countries is becoming more international, will also become a topic of long-term concern.

 

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