Hacker Releases 17.8GB of Data From Turkish Police Server

A hacker going by the online alias ROR[RG] has released a large amount of data that belonged to a Turkish National Police database and is thought to contain large amounts of sensitive private information. ROR[RG] is aligned with the Anonymous hacktivist group and has leaked the data that was supposedly stolen from Turkish General Directorate of Security (EGM) onto a number of peer-to-peer sites for anyone to download and examine.

The data was released through The Cthulu website, which has been a host of a number of leaks by members of Anonymous in the past, including a serious hack against a US Police union last month. A statement released with the data explains that the data was taken from the EGM and that “the source has had persistent access to various parts of the Turkish Government infrastructure for the past 2 years.” It went on to explain that “in light of various government abuses in the past few months, has decided to take action against corruption by releasing this.”

Based on examination of the files in the leak, they appear to originate from a MySQL database, which Reddit confirms. A number of users on the world news subreddit (including some Turkish posters) loaded up the leaked database, finding that it was from the MERNIS system and contained a directory of an enormous amount of Turkish citizens, including ID numbers and full addresses. Exactly how much of the Turkish population this data covers is currently unknown, but this looks to be a disastrous breach for the Turkish government.

It is worrying for the information security of the Turkish government that such a leak was allowed to take place. Not just this, but the fact that the hacker had supposedly had continuous access to government systems for at least two years prior to the leak. The potential consequences of this leak are huge too, as it provides a treasure trove of personal data for criminals to use. Hopefully, the Turkish government will have an answer for this leak, however, it may be too-little-too-late for those whose personal data is already in the public domain.

Anonymous Claims They Are Responsible for Crippling Turkey

Anonymous has made recent news with taking part in and claiming hacks against several large groups, their latest campaign being targeted against ISIS (now more commonly known as ISIL or Daesh), with splinter groups even supporting the FBI with information. Now it would seem that they are not only directly attacking the group but also those that might support it.

According to reports from Radware and a claim from their own twitter stating that they had been part of the an operation that took down some of Turkey’s websites.

The group claims that they are targeting ISIS due to Erdogan’s support of ISIS and directly funding them by purchasing oil from the group.

With several servers working with peaks of 200 GBPS the attack is stated to have left more than 400,000 websites down across turkey and internet traffic throughout the country intermittent at best.

The attack was so bad that eventually all traffic to the country was cut off in an attempt to shut down the attack, however, the attacks was still going on several days later.

The claims are considered strong with Anonymous later posting links to a news site claiming that a telephone found on an ISIS commander contained messages from Turkish Intelligence Services.

One thing can be said for sure, though, Anonymous are known for conducting large-scale cyber attacks and organising something like this would not be out of the ordinary for them.

Google Android One Program Lands in Europe

Google’s Android One, a standard created for Android systems, mainly targeted at a range of customers looking forward to buying their first smartphone. The devices are usually low-end and run the latest version of Android. This program is already up and running in countries such as India, Bangladesh, Philippines and Indonesia.

Google has announced that Turkey will get its first Android One smartphone, the General Mobile 4G on May 15th. The device is mid-end on the basis of specifications. It will run the latest version of Android and will be supported by Google for 2 years from launch; it is priced at $263 off contract.

  • 4G LTE Enabled
  • 13 MP front camera and a 5 MP camera
  • 5 ” IPS with Resolution of 1,280 × 720 and protected by durable Gorilla® Glass 4
  • Qualcomm’s 64 Bit Chipset, Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) with 2 GB RAM

This is one of the biggest launches we’ve done anywhere, not just India, Phillipines and Indonesia. For us Android One was a journey to try and reach the next 5 billion people. And India accounts for a substantial portion of the share where free border trade with Nepal was also included. It was found that nearly 7 percent of Android Ones produced in India were bought by people from Nepal. Android One was conceived deeply with India in mind. VP of Google, Sundar Pichai said in NDTV Interview.

Thank you Google Turkey Blog for providing us with this information.

Turkey Seeks to Ban Minecraft

After an investigation held by the Turkish Social Policies Ministry, it has now been confirmed that the country is seeking to ban the wildly popular sandbox phenomenon, Minecraft, on the grounds that the game is “too violent”. The news was broken by Turkish news outlets Hürriyet Daily News and LeaderGamer.

The Ministry’s report on Minecraft and its supposed violent content has been sent to the country’s legal affairs department, along with instruction to ban the game, but the decision rests in the hands of the Turkish courts.

The report reads (via Hürriyet Daily), “Although the game can be seen as encouraging creativity in children by letting them build houses, farmlands and bridges, mobs [hostile creatures] must be killed in order to protect these structures. In short, the game is based on violence.” Bizarrely, the report also claims that the Minecraft’s content would cause children “social isolation” and that the online function would result in internet bullying, which begs the question, why not just ban the internet, then?

In common with the rest of the world, Minecraft is huge in Turkey. One of the best-selling children’s books in Turkey last year was a Minecraft-related title.

Source: Kotaku

Facebook Bows to Threats and Bans “Anti-Islamic” Pages in Turkey

Rather than be subject to being blocked entirely in Turkey, Facebook has agreed to block “anti-Islamic” content within the country after a Turkish court order. Gölbaşı Criminal Court of Peace in Ankara issued the order on Sunday, threatening to block Facebook outright if the social media site did not comply, as it has done previously with YouTube and Twitter.

Ironically, Ahmet Davutoğlu, the Prime Minister of Turkey, was present at the recent demonstrations in Paris supporting freedom of speech following the Charlie Hebdo shootings earlier this month. Yet, Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet is facing legal action after reprinting Charlie Hebdo cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed.

Davutoğlu was recently quoted as saying that the freedom of expression that he supports “does not grant anybody the right to insult another’s beliefs,” and that “In this country, we don’t allow insults to the Prophet. This is a very clear, sharp and principled stance. Everybody should know this,” making his appearance in Paris seem rather confused.

Source: Ars Technica

FBI Informant Leads Attacks on Turkish Government

A hacker who turned to being an FBI informant in order to avoid prison has been leading cyber attacks on Turkey.

Hector Xavier Montague, or better know under the alias Sabu, has been working with the FBI since his arrest in 2011 after being charged for cyber crimes. Sabu was looking at getting 20 years in prison but was able to make a deal. During this time Sabu has managed to stop over 300 cyber crimes and also take down 8 of the world’s biggest hackers from anonymous.

Now it seems that he has also been targeting the Turkish government whilst under US supervision. Court documents show that his hacking group, Antisec, teamed up with Redhack, a politically motivated Turkish group. Sabu apparently led the attacks and even recruited Jeremy Hammond who is number one on the FBI cyber crime list. Chat records show Sabu asking Hammond to take down a number of government websites, and to forward any access to Redhack.

When Hammond was able to access the details to more than 10 Turkish government servers, he handed all the details to a Redhack member saying: “Get into the boxes and do what you do”.

The FBI are insisting that all of this was done under the attorney general’s guidelines, but Sabu has been given a one year supervision order for his part and Hammond has been given 10years in prison.

Thanks to Sky for supplying us with this information.

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Turkish Hackers Claim To Have Leaked 40,000 Sony Italy Account Details

According to “Maxney” on Twitter, a member of the Turkish Ajan hacking group, Sony Italy has been breached revealing the details and passwords of 40,000 customers. What’s worrying is that these passwords are plain text meaning that they are not encrypted and can be easily read by anyone.

The information, stolen from web.sony.it, includes account names, usernames, addresses, dates of births, plain text passwords and many more details. The hackers posted the details online onto SpeedyShare but the file has since been removed. Though it was probably online long enough for enough people to get their hands on it and start distributing it to criminal organisations and forums.

So a word of warning to all our Italian based readers – if you were a Sony Italy customer and you use the same password with the same email for any other service then change your passwords immediately as you are at great risk. As far as Sony is concerned the lack of security is just amateur, passwords should never be left unencrypted when there are so many details at stake here. It is not the first time Sony has had security breaches, in the UK they were fined after a huge breach of the PlayStation Network.

Image courtesy of Turkish Ajan

Turkish Government Criticises Twitter For Not Giving Up User Data

For those who follow international news you may have seen that Turkey is currently experience some civil unrest which the government has made efforts to contain and control. In an effort to control the protesters the Turkish government has been coming down quite hard on people and a lot of arrests have been made so far. This has only sparked more discontent among protesters causing the numbers involved to actually grow.

Part of the Turkish government’s strategy has been to use Twitter as an identification tool to find protesters and they have already arrested some people for the Tweets they have been making. We are seeing Twitter playing an important role in social movements and this isn’t the first time as Twitter was very influential in the so called “Arab Spring” too.

Twitter have refused to cooperate with the Turkish government as they have no legal obligation to comply with government requests from Turkey. While Twitter has hundreds of thousands if not millions of Turkish users it doesn’t actually have an office there meaning it doesn’t pay taxes in Turkey and isn’t subject to Turkish law. This means it can legally reject Turkish government requests.

The Turkish government says the company should have an office there as it does business there although I disagree myself – Twitter does business on the internet, if every internet company had to have an office in every country it had readers/users then every internet company would probably rapidly become bankrupt.

The Turkish police have vowed to continue to use Twitter as a tool to go after protesters but they will have to go at it alone without the help of Twitter.

Image courtesy of Twitter