Turkey blocks the cloud after the Redhack hack


What happened after Redhack's hacking: According to country's blog, Turkey has blocked cloud storage services such as Microsoft's Google Drive, Dropbox and OneDrive, as well as the GitHub hosting service on Saturday.

The government, in its move, is believed to be trying to suppress the spill of e-mail messages belonging to Energy and Natural Resources Minister Berat Albayrak, who is the son-in-law of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The blockade of services as reported by the Turkey Blocks censorship monitoring group is likely a means of stopping the hosting of emails leaked to these services.

The leak concerns 17GB messages, (57.623 emails) dating back to April 2000 by the end of September and released by RedHack hacking team. An Ankara court investigating the group stressed the authenticity of the leak.

According to The Daily Dot, correspondence shows how Tayyip Erdogan uses his position to influence the media by asking for the publication of selected information in pro-government newspapers.

Turkey Blocks meanwhile reports that Google Drive has been back on track since Sunday.

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The country has a long history of blocking internet services, and always aiming to control the information its citizens receive. This is how WikiLeaks was blocked in July, Twitter and Facebook in March when a car bomb exploded in Ankara. Of course we should not forget the block on YouTube also in 2016.


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