Istanbul Municipality’s aid website targeted in cyber attack

A spokesman for the opposition-run Istanbul Municipality said on Thursday that the website for its aid campaign to help people struggling financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic had been targeted in a cyber attack, T24 reported.

The campaign seeks to help Istanbul residents in need to pay their water and gas bills through an online system created by the municipality. 

The website was targeted by cyber attacks originating from abroad, the spokesman said.

A total of 41,883 bills, worth over 5 million liras ($700,000), have been paid with the help of the campaign since it was announced on Tuesday, according to the spokesman.

The Interior Ministry has blocked opposition-run councils from organising aid campaigns to help low income people affected by the coronavirus after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused opposition municipalities of trying to set up a parallel government.