Hackers Affiliated With Iran-Backed Militias In Iraq Claim Cyber Attack On Turkish Websites In Retaliation For Turkish Bombardment Of Iraq's Kurdistan

July 26, 2022

In the wake of an alleged Turkish artillery bombardment of a resort in Zakhu district in Iraq's Dahuk Province on July 20, 2022, which reportedly killed and wounded several Iraqi civilians, several Telegram channels affiliated with Iran-backed militias in Iraq published posts vowing to retaliate.

On June 21, 2022, the "Jehad Brothers Team" Telegram channel claimed that a Kurdish group named carried out a cyber attack in collaboration with a second hacking team, targeting websites affiliated with Turkish media outlets.

The channel said that the attack disrupted the "mainstream media live broadcast," adding that the hackers left messages on the websites stating the cyber attacks were carried out in retaliation for the Turkish government's bombardment of northern Iraq, and demanding it "stop bombing Iraq and Kurdistan." The message further called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a "killer."

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