Turkish hackers take down Greek Interior Ministry website – report

Turkish hackers have taken down the Greek Interior Ministry’s website, Greek City Times reported on Thursday.

Visitors to the website were greeted with an image of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, imposed over a Turkish flag. 

The image also contained a message from the hackers RootAyyıldız, who claimed responsibility for the attack. It said that the hacking was in response to disrespect towards the Muslim community, without going into further details. 

In the background, various speeches by Erdoğan could also be heard, Greek City Times said on Thursday. The ministry’s website is now back online.

Tensions have been growing between Turkey and Greece over recent weeks due to a dispute over gas exploration rights off the coast of Cyprus, Turkish claims to Greek waters, and Turkey’s decision to open its land borders in late February to migrants and refugees seeking to enter Greece. 

In January, Turkish hackers calling themselves Anka Soldiers Team allegedly targeted several Greek government websites after Athens announced that the country was ready to contribute troops to Libya, where Turkey’s military has intervened.