Notorious Turkish hackers’ group, RedHack, purportedly hacked the website of Turkish Electricity company and deleted hundreds of billions of outstanding power bills owed by Turkish citizens. Although the Energy Minister says there was a backup plan in place, there is wide speculation he could be bluffing in what could be the largest forced debt write-off in history.
If people can’t pay their electricity bills, why not hack the electricity provider and delete the Bills? This is just atypical day-2-day decision, the RedHack, a Turkish world renowned hackers’ group has to make on a daily basis.
Earlier this week, RedHack announced a breach of the computer network of Turkey Electricity Transmission Company and reportedly deleted outstanding bills owed by Turkish citizens worth a whopping $668.5 billion, in what could be the largest ‘debt write-off’ in Turkey.Considering RedHack’s long history of hacktivist operations against the Turkish government, itis unsurprising the group hacked the electricity company in protest of the anticensorship laws in the country.
After the hack, the group broadcasted their achievements on social media, including a video upload of the entire operation. “We dedicate this action to the villagers of Yırca, to those who resist in Validebağ, and to those who know that there are things more important than money and status in this life,” read one of RedHack’s tweet. “Go and write off your own debts before they shut [the website] down,” another tweet stated.
Meanwhile, the joy of cleared bills rocking the streets of Turkey was short lived after the Energy minister announced a backup plan for all the lost data, “Our system doesn’t allow a bill to be deleted permanently. The original copies of bills are stored at TEİAŞ. The debt that is allegedly written off was collected on Oct. 27,” said the Energy Minister.
However, given the poor track record of government owned companies in storing digital records, there is wide speculation that the Energy ministercould be bluffing and in reality there was no back-up plan for the lost data. That would a mean a disastrous loss to the Turkish electricity company and far reaching consequences on power distribution in Turkey.
Since its formation in late 90’s, the RedHack has owned up to a number of high profile security breaches including a hack on the Turkish Council of higher Education, Turkish police forces, the Turkish Army, Türk Telekom, and the National Intelligence Organization and many other websites.
Little is known about the actual group members, because the group operates more or less like the invisible Anonymous group. That notwithstanding, its hacktivist operations have shuttered the Tech world in recent times, explaining why the RedHack has been categorized as a terrorist organization and among the world’s most wanted 5 hackers groups.