Anonymous Just Declared War on Turkey Over a Stupid Conspiracy Theory
As part of its ongoing #OpISIS campaign against the Islamic State group, a terrorist organization that launched devastating attacks in Paris in November and has taken over large stretches of Iraq and Syria, Anonymous — or people who claim to represent it — said it is launching attacks on Turkish websites and social media accounts because of shady oil deals between the Turkish government and ISIS, also known as Daesh and ISIL.
“Turkey is supporting Daesh by buying oil from them, and hospitalizing their fighters. We won’t accept that [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan, the leader of Turkey, will help [ISIL] any longer,” says a video message from the group. “We will continue attacking your internet, your root DNS, your banks and take your government sites down. After the root DNS, we will start to hit your airports, military assets and private state connections. We will destroy your critical banking infrastructure.”
The hackers say they’re behind a distributed denial of service attack that took down several government websites in Turkey between Dec. 14 and Monday, according to the International Business Times. The attack is widely believed to be linked to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, who is still fuming after Turkish forces shot down a Russian warplane on an anti-ISIS mission last month.
In response, Putin has formally accused Turkey of buying ISIS’ oil, leading to a diplomatic standoff between the two countries.