Turkish hackers shut down Dutch politician Kati Piri's website

Hackers from Turkey claimed responsibility for shutting down Dutch politician and European Parliament’s former rapporteur on Turkey Kati Piri’s website, BBC Turkish reported on Saturday.

The website was hit in the afternoon by what is called a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that crashed it along with the one belonging to the Dutch Labour Party that Piri is a member of. A Turkish hacking group known as Anka Neferler Tim claimed responsibility for the incidents. 

“We have closed the website of the Dutch politician Kati Piri and the Workers Party, of which she is a member. Know your place!" read a tweet from the group.



In a tweet following the hack, Piri wrote that she believes it is a result of her advocacy for the release of political prisoners in Turkey that she was targeted. 

“It appears that this is an attack following my support for Democrats in Turkey and my call for the release of political prisoners such as Selahattin Demirtas and Osman Kavala," tweeted Piri.  

Piri, a member of the European Parliament, is a vocal critic of the Turkish government under President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. She has consistently spoken out against its human rights abuses, recently appearing at a rally in Amsterdam in support of the student protestors at Boğaziçi University. 

This month she was one of the lead sponsors of an open letter to the EU delegations to the Council of Europe that called for the release of civil society activist Osman Kavala and Selahattin Demirtaş, leader of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), through any means possible. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ordered Turkey to release both men in a ruling that found their detention to be a violation of their rights.

Ankara has refused to abide by either ruling.