In the wake of news that Spanish police arrested three suspected members of Anonymous last week, Turkish authorities yesterday detained an additional 32 suspected members of the same group, according to International Business Times.
The arrests were made after Turkish prosecutors and police yesterday launched raids in response to the cyber attacks the hacktivists allegedly unleashed on Turkish telecom regulators last week, BBC News reported.
Out of the 32 suspected hackers, police earlier today released nine minors, The Associated Press said.
The Turkish government is planning to launch a system it says is needed to protect younger Internet users, BBC News said. However, critics, including Anonymous, say the filtering system will be used spy on users and suppress dissent.
“The government now wants to impose a new filtering system on the 22nd of August that will make it possible to keep records of all the people’s internet activity,” a statement from Anonymous said. “Though it remains opaque why and how the system will be put in place, it is clear that the government is taking censorship to the next level.”
Turkey has blocked access to thousands of websites, including those with sexual content or material considered insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, AFP said.
Last year, Turkey lifted its ban on YouTube after blocking access to the website for two years after videos deemed insulting to the country’s founder had been posted, according to BBC News.