Journalist detained after claiming Turkey’s e-government system was hacked
The Ministry of Interior filed a complaint against İbrahim Haskoloğlu, a journalist who shared ID cards allegedly belonging to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and National Intelligence Organization (MİT) Chair Hakan Fidan on Twitter.
After the complaint, the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation against the journalist for “illegally obtaining personal information.”
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In his Twitter thread, Haskoloğlu described the responsible disclosure steps he had taken and also how he attempted to verify claims by asking the hackers to produce his own ID and other documentation.
Did he illegally obtain personal information? It appears that the data he published about government officials were reportedly faked. So was the crime falsely claiming the government was hacked when it hadn’t been?
This incident does not appear to be related to reports circulating on Twitter yesterday that a threat actor was selling several databases of the Turkish government for 120$ on Telegram.