In a new turn of events, Turkish police reportedly arrested 32 individuals suspected of being involved with the hacktivist group Anonymous.
The crackdown has been seen by many as the Turkish government's retaliation against Anonymous, which broke into many of its sites last week in protest against proposed plans to introduce national internet filters.
“Today, Thursday, the international Internet hacktivist collective known as Anonymous launched a successful DDoS attack against the Turkish government, taking down several government websites,” Anonymous announced on its blog last week on Thursday, The Inquirer (opens in new tab) reports.
According to the Turkish Anatolia news agency, 32 suspects were arrested in 12 different cities throughout the country and taken away for questioning last weekend.
Also, Spanish law enforcement agencies arrested 3 suspected members who are believed to have played an important role in shutting down the country’s national police site.
Anonymous has claimed that arresting someone allegedly being involved in a DDoS attack is no different than arresting someone for participating in a peaceful demonstration, “You have not detained three participants of Anonymous. We have no members and we are not a group of any kind. You have, however, detained three civilians expressing themselves.”