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Police detain 23 PKK hackers in 13 provinces

ISTANBUL – Daily News with wires | 3/10/2010 12:00:00 AM |

The police detained 23 suspects in operations in 13 provinces, charging them of being members of a terror organization and attacking public institutions’ Web sites.

Police have detained 23 suspects in operations in 13 provinces, charging them with membership in a terror organization and attacking public institutions’ Web sites, the daily Radikal reported Wednesday.

The suspects, allegedly members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, were taken to Diyarbakır for questioning. The investigation of this case was still continuing when the Daily News went to print.

A hacker team for the outlawed organization was captured previously, but the members reorganized and attacked roughly 300 Web sites belonging to public institutions.

Diyarbakır police started an operation Wednesday in the 13 provinces, including Istanbul, İzmir and Ankara. The organization’s hacker team, whose code name is the “Cold Attack Team,” took orders from leaders in Kandil in Iraq and Europe regarding which Web sites to hack, when to hack them and which messages to place there.

The hackers sent messages to emails with a power point attachment entitled, “We blame terror and call for everyone to stand united.” At the end of the power point show, a message said the system was down and that all the information on the attacked computer had been deleted.

The PKK is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey as well as the United States and the European Union.

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