Malware, Threat Management

Turkey will strengthen cybersecurity after attacks

Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said the country will bolster its cybersecurity efforts, after its DNS servers were hit with a 40 Gbps distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that hacking group Anonymous took credit for last week.

Kalin said the country's authorities are investigating the cyberattacks that affected government websites and online banking transactions.

Turkey has been accused of funding ISIS terrorist operations by purchasing its oil production.

While the loosely organized hacktivist group Anonymous did take responsibility for the hack against Turkish government and financial targets, is it also possible that Russia had some involvement in the attacks. A spokesman of Russia's Ministry of Internal Affairs told that the ministry was considering creating a hacker group that would focus on attacks against terrorist groups

Most hacker groups in Russia are connected to local government and secret services. And they typically are controlled by the government groups in most cases, the spokesman said.

Russian hackers have also been blamed for planting malware that created power outages in Western Ukraine during last week. Russian President Vladimir Putin echoed the sentiment that Turkey is supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) last month after Turkey shot down a Russian jet.

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