After an obscure Swedish paper had a cartoon of Mohammed, Turkish hackers took down 5000 plus Swedish websites in revenge.

Stefan Grinneby, head of the Swedish communication watchdog’s Internet incident center Sitic, said attacks against Swedish Web sites from Turkey, a predominantly Muslim country, have increased in the past three weeks. Some contained messages alluding to the drawing.

“You would need a very large police investigation to establish the connection to the prophet drawings, but considering the increase in recent weeks it is a fair assumption to make,” he said.

Presumably, this is illegal, and the Turkish government would be able to trace down the hackers, but so far nothing has been done.

So Swedish hackers, figuring that it’s payback time, took the revenge in their own hands and attacked Turkish internet sites. From the Local News:

Swedish hackers have retaliated against their Turkish counterparts following an attack earlier this month on some 5,000 Swedish websites.

On Saturday, a group of disgruntled hackers posted a comment to the Flashback web forum linking to a stolen database containing thousands of user names and passwords from Turkish forum Ayyildiz….
The group said that Ayyildiz was a forum used by Turkish hackers to brag about their destructive exploits on the internet. …

The Swedes also broke into the e-mail and MSN accounts of Turkish web users and sent messages using the stolen identities. Among the images in circulation was a pornographic illustration of Muhammad and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the founder of the modern Turkish state.

The danger of all this private hacking wars, is to business and government computers is a major worry. Large networking allows a minor hole in security to be breeched and the entire network could crash, leading to chaos.
For example, when I worked at a rural Indian Health Service Clinic, we were funded partially by the Federal Government, and the area webservers were frequently under attack. We were switching over to electronic records at the time, meaning that information might not be easily available if one of our patients from the next clinic came in (our own patients had backup paper records) and identity theft of information such as SSN or CDIB numbers could occur.
Much of the worrysome hacking into US Government computers has come from Russia or China, but one of the most annoying hacker who destroys private websites is Turkish.

Legendary Turkish hacker iskorpitx has turned his attention Down Under with an attack that grounded the websites of nearly 600 Kiwi businesses and about 300 international sites hosted by the same US-based web server….. iskorpitx is estimated to have made about 180,000 attacks in his career, including one that has been labelled the “biggest in history”. In this attack he reportedly hacked 21,459 websites in one shot …

Just a guy playing around, right? Or maybe not…

I first became aware of this hacker when Turkish hackers took down artist Michael O’Brien’s site…. His site, which has his modern art based on traditional icon styles, also has essays, and the only reason he can think of someone from Turkey hacking his site was that he had posted an Essay on Benedict’s speech about Islam.
The attack that took down this obscure Canadian artist’s website twice, shows that this was not an idle hacker doing mischief: It was obviously a form of jihad: Censoring the speech of someone they don’t like.

And the attack on Swedish sites confirms that there are hackers who could mount huge cyber attacks against the west if they desired. Indeed, it is already being done.
George Ou noticed a lot of this several months ago on his blog:

Less than two weeks ago, another Turkish hacker hacked a record 38,000 websites in one shot using automated tools to attack sloppy ASP coding.  According to Zone-H.org statistics which showed that platforms don’t matter but implementation does, file inclusion (typically sloppy ASP or PHP coding) is the most likely way to get hacked.

Presumably, like a lot of the “war on terror”, this stuff is going on and fairly common, but ignored by the MSM, even though it is a major business concern.

Ironically, the movie DieHard 4.0 probably made more non geek types aware of the danger than CNN or the NYTimes.

The good news is that the attack of the Viking hackers is a headsup to the jihadis that future attacks will be met with a similar attack.

Heck, maybe even the Turkish government will notice the jihadis in their midst and try applying the law…

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket. 

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