The European Court of Human Rights has suffered cyber attack, after his decision on the fate of the jailed leader of the pro-Kurdish HDP party, Selahattin Demirtas, was announced. According to Bloomberg, hackers "hit" it website of the Court on 22 December, with the result that it was excluded operation for about 16 hours. It is worth noting that the site has now been restored and the decision of the Court, which condemns the Turkey for the detention of Demirtas, is again accessible to the public. The press service of the Court pointed out that so far no loss has been found data. Turkish hackers appear to be behind the attack.
The Turkish hackers carried out the attack shortly after the European Court of Human Rights published a decision demanding that Turkey release Demirtas immediately.
Demirtas is being held by Turkey for helping the HDP win enough seats to oust Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party (AKP) parliamentary majority in the 2015 general election. He has been charged with crimes related to terrorism and was imprisoned in November 2016, following the revocation of parliamentary immunity for politicians in Turkey. If Demirtas is convicted of more than 100 charges, he could face up to 142 years in prison.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that the detention of 47-year-old Demirtas, which lasted more than four years, runs counter to the "core of the concept of a democratic society". The Court stated that it lists a series violations of the European Convention on Human Rights and demands his immediate release.
A group of 17 judges said that with the imprisonment of Demirtas, Turkey sent "a dangerous message to the whole population ”that pluralism and free political debate will be suppressed.
The Turkish hacking team Anka Neferler Timi (The Turkish Hacker Team) seems to have taken responsibility for this cyber attack. The group posted on Twitter that he destroyed the site and asked the Court to apologize for the decision he made regarding Demirtas.
The Twitter account used by Anka Neferler Timi was created earlier this month and has less than 100 followers.
On 23 December, the Court issued the following statement: "Following the sentencing of Selahattin Demirtas on 22 December, the site of the European Court of Human Rights has been the subject of a large-scale cyber attack, which has made it temporarily inaccessible to the public. The Court strongly condemns this serious incident. Those in charge services make every effort to rectify the situation as soon as possible ".