Turkey to strengthen cyber intelligence after internet attacks double

Turkey is setting up a new Cyber Intelligence Unit after suffering nearly 100,000 cyber attacks within one year, Yeni Şafak daily reported on Tuesday.

The number of attacks had doubled since last year, hitting critical communications infrastructure as well as the banking, energy and health sectors, the newspaper reported.

Almost all of the attacks were distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), in which hijacked or virus-infected computers are used to target websites, or phishing, in which fraudulent emails are sent out to trick users into handing over personal details.

Yeni Şafak reported that the majority of attacks had come from servers in seven countries: The United States, the Netherlands, Ukraine, China, Thailand, Russia and Iran.

To combat the rising threat posed by cyber attacks, the government aims to set up the dedicated Cyber Intelligence Unit in 2018, the newspaper said.

The unit will focus on creating a network of sources to provide information on threats and increasing the capacity to coordinate and deal with them.

The government is also creating a programme in conjunction with universities to develop cybersecurity products, Yeni Şafak said.