source Bleachers Report title Anonymous, the Anonymous hackers say, are real article source Breitbart News title Anonymous: ‘We are not the ones that need you to give us anything, we are the ones who need you’ article Anonymous, hackers who say they are not controlled by any government, said in a statement Thursday that the group is “not a terrorist organization” and has “nothing to hide.”
“We are Anonymous and Anonymous is the only thing that keeps us strong and we are not afraid to speak up,” the statement said.
“We do not need the help of any government or other entity to accomplish what we have planned.
We do not require anything but the unconditional love of God.”
Anonymous said it has launched an offensive against the government of Turkey, accusing it of backing a military coup that has ousted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is seeking to lead the country out of a deep recession.
The hacktivist group, which has vowed to keep attacking government websites, tweeted that its efforts are targeting “political leaders and political parties” as well as Turkish officials.
The hacking collective has been blamed for a spate of high-profile cyber attacks against Turkey that has forced the government to suspend some online services.
“If Turkey is not prepared to face up to this challenge and give us the freedom of expression, we will continue to do this,” the Anonymous statement continued.
“In the coming days, we plan to take a number of steps that will cause serious harm to Turkish people, and we will not be stopped.”
The statement said the attacks would be carried out with the support of the Anonymous network, which is believed to have around 100,000 members worldwide.
“The real attack against Turkey is planned by the Turkish state, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and other ruling parties, who are working together to implement a military dictatorship, a dictatorship that does not respect the rule of law,” the group said.
The statement also accused the Turkish government of seeking to use “social media as a weapon against our organization.”
The government is currently conducting a campaign dubbed “Operation Resignation,” where it is attempting to convince Turkey’s military and civil servants to step down.
In a separate incident, Turkish media reported that a man was sentenced to life in prison for his role in hacking a website in the U.S. and infecting hundreds of thousands of computers.
“For the first time, the Turkish people are hearing the truth about the crimes of the Turkish military and political elites, and this will have repercussions across the entire world,” the hacker collective said.
Turkey’s Justice and Science Ministry confirmed Thursday that a prosecutor had been appointed to investigate the cyber attacks.
“There is no indication that this is a terrorist attack or that this attack has anything to do with Anonymous,” Justice and Public Security Minister Bekir Bozdag said.