Turkey update

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Last month I posted about an internet censorship/filtering plan proposed by the Turkish government. Well, despite what must be a fair amount of negative publicity, the plan is still in place; Turkey plans to put the internet filter in place on August 22 as originally scheduled.

Now this has attracted the attention of Anonymous, the “global hacker collective” (for lack of a better term). Anonymous is essentially the online equivalent of either freedom fighters or terrorists, depending on who you ask (obviously, I tend to prefer the former description). It’s not an organized group, rather it’s more like a flash mob: a large number of people who spontaneously cooperate to accomplish some task. Anyway, the point is, if they get mad at you, you’re kind of forced to sit up and pay attention.

Anonymous used a DDoS attack (I believe) to overload the servers running the TIB website. Although that doesn’t really accomplish much by itself, it does show the Turkish government that they’ve made some powerful enemies in cyberspace. As much as I hope they’ll reconsider after this, I’m not too optimistic.