Notorious Hacker ‘Phineas Fisher’ Says He Hacked Turkey’s Ruling Political Party

Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai reports:

A notorious hacker has claimed responsibility for hacking Turkey’s ruling party, the AKP, and stealing more than 300,000 internal emails and other files.

The hacker, who’s known as Phineas Fisher and has gained international attention for his previous attacks on the surveillance tech companies FinFisher and Hacking Team, took credit for breaching the servers of Turkey’s ruling party, the Justice and Development Party or AKP.

“I hacked AKP,” Phineas Fisher, who also goes by the nickname Hack Back, said in a message he spread through his Twitter account on Wednesday evening.

Read more on Motherboard.

Here is the statement accompanying the data dump:

I hacked AKP (the ruling party in Turkey) because I support the society people are trying to build in Rojava and Bakur [1], and they’re being attacked by Turkey [2][3][4]. I don’t see leaking as an end in itself, so I was talking with people in Rojava and Bakur to see how best to use the access I’d gotten. There was a miscommunication between some of them and someone gave a copy of the first file I’d downloaded (which had about half of’s email up to that point) to wikileaks. They quickly corrected the miscommunication and asked wikileaks to hold off on publishing it, but wikileaks decided to publish  now anyway with the international attention from the recent coup attempt. To be fair
to wikileaks, they didn’t know I was still in AKP’s network downloading files at the time they announced they were publishing [5], but they did know that the source who had given them the file was asking them to wait…



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