End corruption says Anonymous as it hacks and leaks a whopping 18 gigs of data belonging to Turkish police authorities
The online hackers collective, Anonymous has turned its attention to corruption and police excesses happening in Turkey. Anonymous members dumped a massive database belonging to Turkey’s General Directorate of Security (EGM) in response to “various abuses” by the Turkish government in recent months.
The the massive dataset which is around 2.8GB in compressed format, and the uncompressed version at around 17.8GB is being shared on peer-to-peer file sharing sites for the public to download freely and view. The hacker, believed to be using the pseudonym ROR[RG] is a member of Anonymous collective, chose to release the police files via The Cthulhu website which has been used by Anonymous previously.
Data leak coming soon, stand by pic.twitter.com/LESY9JaczY
— Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) February 15, 2016
On The Cthulhu website, the host claims that ROR[RG] breached the Turkish database more than two years ago and posts links to the dataset. “The material was taken from the EGM which is the Turkey National Police,” reads the statement. “The source has had persistent access to various parts of the Turkish government infrastructure for the past two years and in light of various government abuses in the past few months, has decided to take action against corruption by releasing this.”
Turkish government has been at loggerheads with activists for a recent clampdown on media freedom. It has arrested several journalists on treason charges for unmasking some dubious decisions by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government. It also has the most brutal censorship laws in Europe, which are object of continuous protests by civil liberties groups as well as hackers.