Turkish police arrest 32 in raids on Anonymous

Police in Turkey have arrested 32 individuals allegedly connected to WikiLeaks-loving 'hacktivist' collective Anonymous, according to a report from the country's state-run news agency, Anatolia.

The suspects are reported to have been taken into custody after police raided properties in a dozen cities across Turkey.

Anonymous has been linked to recent attacks on Turkey's telecommunications watchdog, the BTK.

In a statement released last Thursday, the group also admitted attacks on a number of other public bodies including the Turkish parliament and the office of the country's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was returned to power in yesterday's election. The attacks follow street protests against a plan to introduce internet content filters in the country on 22nd August.

The statement warned:

"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 (sic) of censorship."

The detentions in Turkey follow the arrest of three individuals in Spain last Friday, also in connection with Anonymous.

In another statement responding to the Spanish arrests, Anonymous claimed that the detentions would not hamper the future effectiveness of the loose-knit, leaderless group's operations. It went on to claim that its tactic of launching Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks was legitimate, saying:

"DDoSing is an act of peaceful protest on the Internet. The activity is no different than sitting peacefully in front of a shop denying entry. Just as is the case with traditional forms of protest."