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Hacker group Redhack has claimed responsibility for all tweets that were posted about the Taksim Gezi Park protests after the government announced that an investigation into the matter had been launched.

“The AKP [Justice and Development Party] is going to conduct an investigation. We have posted all tweets and hacked thousands of people’s computers. Don’t take on the innocent ones, we are here,” Redhack wrote on its Twitter account. “All accounts that retweet Redhack, write about Redhack, or organize the resistance, were hacked by us.”
 
Following the message by the group, Twitter users began to announce that they were hacked by Redhack with a hashtag “#redhacktarafındanhacklendik” (#wewerehackedbyredhack).
 
The government recently launched an investigation into the around 5 million tweets posted about the Gezi protests including the hashtags #occupygezi, #direngeziparkı  and #direngezi.
 
Redhack previously gave tips to protesters to avoid being charged with “sharing provocative messages” on social media after 29 people were detained for tweets related to the protests on June 5. If these tips fail to work, “users can tell the police that their account was hacked by Redhack. We would take the blame with pleasure,” the group said via Twitter.
 
Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım stressed on June 19 that the government was working to "fight against cyber crime, not to regulate social media," adding that crime was a crime in any place, including on social media.
 
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Bülent Arınç said people were free to communicate via social media, but if it was used to encourage crime and violence – referring to the Gezi Park protests – then deterrent measures should be taken.

June/20/2013

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Hans-Joachim "Terrorist" Zierke

6/20/2013 6:14:26 PM

Nageyec Conduz, didn't you listen to Erdoğan? It was an evil conspiracy! Now the conspirators have been found, and confessed their wrongdoing! So be happy, law and order is restored.

Brian Irlanda

6/20/2013 2:24:56 PM

The fact is democratic governments and dictators alike must accept that unless they shut off the electricity, turn off the phone service and shoot down the satellites in space, they will never be able to hide their crimes from the people. This is a new age and they should accept it. I read a science fiction novel where there was no parliament and everyone had a vote directly on the internet on passing particular laws and then civil servants carried out their wishes. I can see this come to pass.

JRC JRC

6/20/2013 1:24:51 PM

"used to encourage crime and violence". With the Turkish legal system's habit of re-interpreting everything to fit the terminology, everyone who tweeted even the most innocent of tweets, can be accused.

Misses Ataturk

6/20/2013 11:59:43 AM

Thank you RedHack for the tip :) All of us citizens are terrorists after all... smh

Nageyec Conduz

6/20/2013 11:54:04 AM

Shall we believe such a claim from the so called red hackers group to have stirred all those troubles. or an other question, why such a hackers took the troubles of organizing people rebelling against the government? it's all cheap proposition which cannot stand in court of law in two seconds.
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