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Bowling Green, Ky., cyberattacks lead to Turkish hacker


The probe of a U.S.-based Turkish hacker shed light on an Austrian intelligence agency dispute and found that the Bowling Green attacks may have been real after all, just cyber.

Between late last year and early this year, a Turkish hacktivist identified as Arslan A. and by other aliases, reportedly launched a series of attacks against the websites of the defense and foreign ministries, the national bank and parliament, according to the Associated Press citing the daily Kurier.

Austrian military intelligence Tuesday confirmed reports that it had traced the attacks to Arslan A.'s home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The investigation also shed light on a professional rivalry between an Austrian Interior Ministry official who felt the military intelligence community foiled domestic intelligence plans to catch the hacker in the act.    

Most of the attacks were unsuccessful however, the Defense Ministry web page was reportedly shut down for several hours and the hacktivist reportedly tried to launch cyberattacks against other countries that he considered hostile to Turkey.

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