TURKEY’S OWN WIKILEAKS, REDHACK, have barely been out of the headlines since the year began. Although formed in 1997, the socialist hacktivists and their declaration to be the “voice of the oppressed”, only caught the glare of the Turkish media just over four months ago.
At the tail end of February, the Hürriyet Daily News revealed that a little-known “left-wing Turkish group” had successfully hacked servers belonging to the Ankara Police Dept. What followed was not just a leak of “informants” held on police databases. but also the embarrassing revelation that police in the nation’s capital used “123456” as their “secret” password.
From there on in, the high-profile hacks have kept on coming. To date, the list of their online victims includes controversial Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen; the Turkish Armed Forces; milk production firms implemented in the poisoning of hundreds of school children; a national religious newspaper; as well as government ministries for the Interior, the Family, and, most recently, of Foreign Affairs.
With the latest news that an inceasingly irate special prosecutor is threatening to have the media-savvy hacktivists re-designated as “terrorists”, İ.D. thought it timely to to take a look behind the red masks of the men (and perhaps women) behind the headlines.
The following interview took place on 27 June, before the Foreign Ministry hack. Originally conducted in Turkish, TV host-producer-journalist Hıdır Geviş asked and fielded questions to RedHack over 20 minutes on Twitter. Published in full on GazeteVatan.com the following day, here it is in English courtesy of — and many thanks to — the İ.D. translation dept. (all women): Continue reading