23 “Kurdish rebel hackers” arrested in Turkey

Authorities in Turkey have apprehended 23 people alleged to have been involved in hacking attacks on government websites.

According to media reports, the detainees are believed to be connected to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), and were following instructions from PKK leaders to break into the websites of Turkish state institutions.

Five of the alleged hackers are said to be minors.

A report in the Hurriyet Daily News claims that the hackers were a member of a gang called the “Cold Attack Team”.

In the mid 1980s, the PKK launched an armed struggle against the Turkish government, demanding an independent Kurdish state within the country.

In February 2009, I…

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