The Turkey government has arrested 32 of the 'Anonymous Hacking Group', after a series of attacks were launched on the government websites as a sign of protest to the government imposed internet censorship.
According to reports from a State-run news agency, The Anonymous members arrested were from 12 different cities, including Ankara and Istanbul.
The earlier arrests of three members on Friday was countered by launching a successful denial-of-service attacks (DDOS) on the Spanish National Police website.
The response also included a press release from the hackers which stated, “Arresting somebody for taking part in a DDoS attack is exactly like arresting somebody for attending a peaceful demonstration in their hometown. Anonymous believes this right to peacefully protest is one of the fundamental pillars of any democracy...”
Turkey is the latest country to arrest hackers of the Anonymous group, which is a community of decentralized activists who makes websites unavailable by attacking them.
Also on Friday, Anonymous said through its website AnonOps Communications, that its attacks against Turkish government websites were in protest of plans to implement a filter on Internet browsing in August. Activists took to the streets in 30 cities in Turkey in May to protest the plans.
Over the last few years, we have witnessed the censorship taken by the Turkish government, such as blocking YouTube, Rapidshare, Fileserve and thousands of other websites, the statement read. Most recently, the government banned access to Google services. These acts of censorship are inexcusable.
The hackers have said that they will be using the Low Orbit Ion Cannon, as it is an easy tool to use for the DDOS attacks but the security experts have ensured that it is not difficult to track it with law enforcement.