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Turkish hackers: Attack on websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)

Turkish hackers: Attack on websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH) The Turkish hacking team AKINCILAR, which has carried out several hacking attacks on Greek critical infrastructure and Ministries lately, strikes again!

Turkish hackers: Attack on websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)

The Turkish hackers gained access to the website https://www.ims.forth.gr/el of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies (IMS) based in Rethymno, Crete (one of the 8 Institutes of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH) but also in all web pages managed by the Foundation ..

Turkish hackers: Attack on websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)

The Turks once again posted his photo Turkish ship Oruc Reis, which was accompanied by the following message: "We have an army that loves death and martyrdom as much as you love the #BlueHomeLand world."

Turkish hackers attack websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)
Turkish hackers: Attack on websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)

AKINCILAR chooses to attack through defacement the home page and various subdomains of ims.forth.gr.

Turkish hackers: Attack on websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)

The list of victims includes the following servers:

  • digitalcrete.ims.forth.gr
  • cities.ims.forth.gr
  • byherinet.ims.forth.gr
  • androsdocs.ims.forth.gr
  • ancientcity.ims.forth.gr
  • archive.ims.forth.gr
  • digitalcretedb.ims.forth.gr
  • dima.ims.forth.gr
  • dynbyzcrete.ims.forth.gr
  • geodiametris.ims.forth.gr
  • metrics.ims.forth.gr
  • politeia.ims.forth.gr
  • micro.ims.forth.gr
  • neolithicthessaly.ims.forth.gr
  • new.ims.forth.gr
  • ottpol.ims.forth.gr
  • poetry.ims.forth.gr
  • serisk.ims.forth.gr
  • thessaliadb.ims.forth.gr
  • temp2.ims.forth.gr

The new attack was announced via Twitter. @Ynsmroztas in a post stated that all websites served by FORTH server (forth.gr) have "fallen".

Turkish hackers attack websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)
Turkish hackers: Attack on FORTH websites

The hacking team AKINCILAR is very well known in their areas hackers, having carried out a very large number of attacks against high-profile targets in Greece and abroad.

According to a SecNews survey, most likely, This is a hacking group funded by the Turkish government with secret Ministry funds.

Turkish hackers: Attack on websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)

The targeting of this Institute is certainly not accidental. At a time when Greek-Turkish is in the news, Turkish President Erdogan is trying with the AKINCILAR-funded team to get as much information as possible. Expert estimates suggest that probably the Institute was targeted in an attempt by Turkish hackers to locate data related to Geophysical or Geological data since researchers of the Institute have as main object the above.

The EMERIC research system concerning the monitoring, management and protection of the natural landscape and environment of Crete is designed and implemented as an infrastructure project by the Institute, in fact included in programs of the Region of Crete and the European Union.

Turkish hackers attacked Military Hospitals and the Region of Macedonia and Thrace.

In addition, the Institute has participated in research on the tectonic evolution of Crete and the South Aegean. The targeting is therefore not accidental at all, and the data targeted by them should probably be investigated by those in charge. hackers

Turkish hackers attack websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)
Turkish hackers: Attack on websites of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH)

The Institute of Mediterranean Studies (IMS) based in Rethymno, Crete was founded in 1985 and is one of the 8 Institutes of the Institute of Technology & Research (FORTH), the most remarkable research center in Greece. It aims to promote research in the humanities and social sciences as well as the application of science and technology to cultural heritage and the environment. It has been distinguished for its research in history and culture and is the only research or university institution in the country that has been honored with four ERC Grants (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) that have ever been given to the humanities in Greece.

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