Turkish Hackers Target French Websites Before Genocide Vote

Patrick Devedjian’s Website Hacked

Web Hacking is Illegal in Turkey

ISTANBUL — Turkish hackers are threatening to unleash a wave of cyber attacks against French websites after lawmakers in Paris voted to approved a law that would ban the denial of the Armenian Genocide

Already, hackers have assailed dozens of French websites, including that of Valerie Boyer, the French politician who introduced the law that could punish genocide deniers with jail time.

Some attacks have been blamed on a hacking group known as AyYildiz, which says if fights for Turkish values. “AyYildiz has nothing against the French,” he said. “But if this carries on, there will be far more serious attacks from many groups,” said Ishak Telli, a spokesman for the group.

The French lower house approved the law on December 22 and the Senate is expected to vote on it by the end of January.

Telli said hackers could initiate attacks causing millions of euros in damage. “You can close commercial and banking site,” Telli said. “You can take down government websites…The AyYildiz team has that capability.”

France recognized the killing as a genocide in 2001, but the new bill would punish anyone who denies this with a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros ($60,000).

Modern Turkey is still very sensitive about the issue, and has accused France of attacking freedom of expression and fee historical enquiry.

Akincilar, another Turkish hacking group, was blamed on attacking Boyer’s site and that ” the French-Armenian politician Patrick Devedjian.

Such lawmakers would do better to “study Ottoman history,” the group said in a video sent to AFP. “Our goal to expose the arrogance shown by France when it legislates in its own parliament about the affairs of other countries,” the group said.

Web hacking is illegal in Turkey and hackers run the risk of prison.

But for those that do it, hijacking a website attacking Turkish beliefs and morals is not a crime, and not nationalist hacker has been targeted by authorities, said Ozgur Uckan, new media expert at the Istanbul Bilgi University. “This type of hacking isn’t really punished,” Uckan said. “But if they attack Turkish government sites, the police will do everything in their power…It’s kind of a double standard.”

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