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Kurdish Insurgent may Face 10 Years Imprisonment for Hacking

Turkish authorities are demanding that a man who pleaded guilty to hacking into government websites on behalf of the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) should be sentenced to ten years in prison. The man, who allegedly installed spyware on the X-rated websites, was arrested in November 2008.

The man identified as 'RC' was found to have a computer that stored classified data of the Turkish General Staff commander. The commander is said to oversee the country's armed forces and institutions like MIT (Milli Istihbarat Teskilati), the Turkish intelligence agency.

It was claimed that the alleged hacker seized data belonging to MIT, General Staff and other Turkish institutions through malicious software he injected into pornographic websites that the armed members visited. The stolen documents were then transmitted to the PKK.

Further, investigation into the hacker's computer revealed that apart from transferring MIT files to the PKK, the man also built an online alliance with PKK commander, Murat Karayilan, who operates terrorists across northern Iraq.

Meanwhile, police investigating the incident also raided the suspect's residence and seized several CDs of foreign and domestic films. On examining their contents, police found that a few of the discs labeled as movies contained classified information from MIT, other institutions and the General Staff.

The reports state that the suspect would be prosecuted at a criminal court of high stature in southeastern Diyarbakir province in the upcoming weeks. Additionally, the country's media reports indicate that prosecutors are demanding the extended sentence for the suspect on the basis of the accusation that he agreed to deliberately help a terrorist group.

Meanwhile, Graham Cluley, Security Researcher at Sophos, recalled that 25 years back, the PKK armed with ammunitions attacked the Turkish government for establishing an independent Kurdish state in the country, as reported by Sophos on February 2, 2009. Cluley elucidated that the current hacking assault was yet another maneuver of the conflict.

He also commented that the conflict might be as old as the start of the era of computer virus; however, it appeared to increasingly represent modern Internet war and espionage.

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