Turk Hack Team conducted several cyber attacks on top Iranian and Russian Ministry websites since the beginning of the conflict at the Syrian-Turkish border.
The Turkish hacking group Turk Hack Team (THT) has been conducting cyber attacks against Iran, Russia, and elements opposing the Turkish government’s or Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s policies.
In 2015, the group shut down Vatican City official website after Pope Francis used the term “genocide” in reference to the mass killings of Armenians by Turks 100 years ago. Now, however, the hackers have been targeting Russian websites, after Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet near the Turkey-Syria border in November. On December 25, 2015, THT attackers defaced Russian and Iranian websites with messages against President Putin; the group claimed that it had defaced over 2,000 websites. It left the following message on the websites:
“Putin, knowingly and willfully planned airplane attack and the citizen on death. This has caused you to be a traitor. Now the citizens of nationalist feelings of the Russian People trick. The Russian people is a people’s dignity and your bragging will be exposed sooner or later of the. When that day comes, the Russian people will cut you out of that seat.”
The following day, the group conducted its second breach under the banner of OpRussia, leaking personal information of hundreds of Russian citizens on Pastebin. The leaked information included names, city, phone numbers, emails and their encrypted passwords gathered from several online shopping sites. The message included with the leaked data stated:
“The attacks will continue. These data were obtained from different Russian sites. Especially the shopping sites and companies.”
The third attack, on January 2, 2016, involved DDoS attacks; THT claimed that it had shut down top Russian and Iranian ministry websites. The targeted Russian ministry sites included Ministry of the Russian Far East Development, Russian Federation Ministry of Construction, The State Atomic Energy Corporation ROSATOM, Russian Federation Ministry of Customs, and several others. The targeted Iranian government websites included Ministry of information, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Energy and the official website of the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Source: Hackread.com, January 21, 2016.