A cyberattack in an Alabama community this month is an outgrowth of growing conflict in the Middle East, according to a new report authored by cybersecurity firm Bat Blue. The attack, perpetrated by a Kurdish hacker calling himself Muhmad Emad, “would normally go down as a footnote in the daily onslaught of hacks if it weren’t for what these hacks represented,” Bat Blue’s report said. In the attack, Emad defaced the websites of a sheriff’s office and a cultural arts center in Etowah County, Ala. The hacker uploaded a picture of the Kurdish flag along with the words, “KurDish HaCkerS WaS Here” and “HaCKeD by MuhmadEmad, Long Live to peshmarga.” It was a reference to the Kurdish army of Peshmerga, an anti-Islamic State force based in Iraq. The Kurds, who desire an independent state covering parts of Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran, have a tenuous relationship with Turkey, which supports some Kurdish elements but opposes the more militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). The Turkish government claims the PKK has carried out 2,000 acts of violence in Turkey in 2015. However, tensions have intensified in the past month. After a suicide bomber killed more than 30 people in Turkey in July, […]
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