Anonymous displayed solidarity with the Turkish hacktivist group RedHack by attacking the official web site of Turkey’s Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM). RedHack responded the same morning with a joint attack to the capital’s popular Mayor Melih Gökçek, who had previously given his self-aggrandizing Melih Gökçek Word (MGS) to catch the group.
Allegations of cheating in Public Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS), which determines the job placement of the public personnel, have been rampant. This is not the first time ÖSYM is blamed of releasing the questions to a select group prior to their exams. The claims were denied by ÖSYM as baseless.
A recent request by an Istanbul prosecutor asked the police to recognize the group as a “terrorist organization” following a leak regarding the Foreign Ministry. Seven suspects were arrested for being members of RedHack.
Despite the fear of being charged for aiding a terrorist organization, a wide range of people still follow RedHack online. After Anonymous and RedHack announced today’s successful attacks, the hashtag #OpSupportRedHack was tweeted by several celebrities who protested the arbitrary terrorism charges.