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Turkish hacker group targets Austrian National Bank
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Turkish hacker group targets Austrian National Bank

The Local · 13 Sep 2016, 15:20

Published: 13 Sep 2016 15:20 GMT+02:00

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The hackers’ collective, which goes under the name of Aslan Neferler, said the cyber attacks on Austrian institutions are revenge for Austria’s "anti-Turkish political stance".

They claimed responsibility for two DoS-attacks on Friday night, when most of the bank's IT-technicians were not working. By sending five million emails per minute the attackers tried to clog the bank's server.

Christian Gutlederer, the spokesman for Austria’s National Bank, said: "Our website was temporarily unavailable. The hackers did not have any access to any of our sensitive data."

The Turkish nationalists announced their "success" on various social networks, writing that they had "blocked access to the Austrian National Bank for a while". They promised that the attacks would continue.

The hacking attempts come after diplomatic relations between Austria and Turkey sharply deteriorated. After the failed coup attempt in Turkey, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz warned he will stop any move that brings Turkey closer to joining the European Union.

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Austria and accused the country of being supportive of terrorism and a centre of Islamophobia. 

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Story courtesy of Central European News. 

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