Austrian FM’s website hacked after ‘warning’ Turkish PM Erdoğan
VIENNA - Anadolu AgencyTurkish pro-government hackers have defaced Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz’s website, following his “warning” to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan over his upcoming visit to Vienna.
“I warn Prime Minister Erdoğan explicitly: he should not introduce splits into Austrian society,” Kurz had told daily Österreich on June 13.
Hacker group Cyber-Warrior Akıncılar (Raiders) attacked Kurz’s website on June 16, proceeding to post photos of Erdoğan alongside 16th century Ottoman Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent. The group also posted a message in three languages:
“Austria foreign minister! Who do you think you are kiddy! You cannot decide how to talk to our prime minister! Erdoğan the prime minister is the grandson of ancestors who reached Vienna, the soil you're walking on now! We are Akıncılar [Raiders], We are Ottomans, We are Turkey!.”
Born in 1986, Kurz is Europe’s youngest foreign minister.
Erdoğan is due in Vienna – home to many of Austria’s 250,000-strong Turkish community – on June 19. The visit is seen by many as a bid to win overseas votes for an expected run for the presidency in August.