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Hackers Battle Censors in Turkey

Internet access in Turkey is becoming increasingly troubled, as government censors clash with anti-censorship hackers, according to the CyberLaw blog.

Early this morning, the websites of the Ministry of Transportation, the Information and Communication Technologies Authority and the Telecommunications Communication Presidency were all rendered inaccessible. The three government agencies have all been heavily involved in attempts to censor Internet use in Turkey, particularly targeting YouTube and Google-related services.

Dr. Yaman Akdeniz, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law, Istanbul Bilgi University, claims in a blog post that the disruption of the websites is the result of a concerted denial of services (DoS) attack by a group of hackers which lasted 10 hours.

Earlier in June, the Turkish government rendered several Google-related services inaccessible through a request issued by the Telecommunications Communication Presidency to Turkish ISPs. Last week, an Ankara Public Prosecutor asked the 1st Criminal Court of Peace to block access to 44 IP addresses related to Google and YouTube. The court granted the request.

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