Turkish group hacks Serbian state website during protest in Srebrenica
Screenshot of the hacked Serbian Public Debt Administration website on July 16. Photo: 021.rs
A Turkish group called Cyber Warrior Tim Akincilar on Friday hacked the Serbian Public Debt Administration website in what appeared to be a protest against Serbia’s denial of the Srebrenica genocide.
On the front page of the Public Debt Administration website, the hackers posted a photograph of a room full of coffins and the number 8372 – a reference to the number of Bosnians killed by Bosnian Serb forces in the genocide in Srebrenica in July 1995, Serbian news site 021 reported.
Above the photo were the words “Unutmadik”, Turkish for “We have not forgotten”. It was also a reference to a quote from the first Bosnian President Alija Izetbegovic, who said: “Remember the genocide, because a forgotten genocide will be repeated.
The photo released by the hackers was removed and the Public Debt Administration website was back to normal on Friday afternoon.
The Serbian authorities do not accept that the massacres and deportations of Bosnians from Srebrenica constitute genocide, despite the rulings of international tribunals.
Cyber Warrior hacking group Tim Akincilar says on his website that it was founded in 2001 and fights “attacks on our faith and moral values, actions against our state and country, and events that affect negatively on society and public consciousness ”.
Cyber Warrior Tim Akincilar has often been reported to be linked to Turkish nationalist groups, while “Akincilar” refers to the vanguard units of the Ottoman army.
In previous years, hackers have attacked the websites of various Greek authorities, such as the Greek Foreign Ministry in September 2020, but also sites belonging to the Dutch government in 2018 and the sites of some government institutions in Egypt in 2019, when these countries had disagreements with the Turkish government.
In 2011, they hacked the site of the French satirical magazine Charlie hebdo after controversially publishing caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
So far, the United Nations tribunal in The Hague and the Balkan courts have sentenced a total of 48 people to over 700 years in prison, plus five life sentences, for the Srebrenica crimes.
The most recent was former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, who was jailed for life for genocide and other war crimes last month.