Hactivist group Anonymous announced on Thursday that it has launched multiple Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks on a number of Turkish government websites as a part of their protest against the government's plans to impose internet filtering.
The timing of the attack was also notable, as the country heads for parliamentary elections to be held on June 12.
Towards the latter half of Thursday, the website of the internet regulatory board of Turkey, Telekomünikasyon İletişim Başkanlığ, who came up with the internet filtering plan, went offline.
“Over the last few years, we have seen how the Turkish government has tightened the grip on the Internet. It has blocked thousands of websites and blogs while abusive legal proceedings against online journalists persists,” Anonymous said in a statement.
“We call on all internet users worldwide to support freedom of speech by pushing the Turkish government to stop these foolish policies,” it added
However, the attack failed to amuse hacker groups within Turkey who are now threatening to hack Anonymous websites. Shortly after the attacks Anonymous’ own news site reportedly went offline, which, many people suspect, was caused by counter attacks from hacker groups in Turkey.