Turkish authorities blocked major cloud service providers and code hosting sides over the weekend amid the release of government leaks that brought president Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime under the spotlight.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Image credits: Drop of Light/Shutterstock
Now back up and running, GitHub, Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox were briefly blocked in Turkey on Saturday 8 October as the country’s government sought to block the leak of over 57,000 emails.

According to Turkeyblocks.org, a watchdog that monitors censorship, the sites were back up and running the following day.

The move came as hacking group Redhack released 17GB of emails dating back to 2000, highlighting relationships between the Turkish government and media groups, notably pro-government Twitter commenters.

The Daily Dot, which claims to have received the email dump in full, alleges that the leak shows how Erdogan used his position to influence the media, with the publishing of select information in pro-government newspapers in particular focus.

“An Ankara court inadvertently confirmed the authenticity of the leak in an order regarding the investigation of RedHack members,” according to The Daily Dot.

Turkey has a history of online blockages. In July Wikileaks was blocked in the country.

In January social networks Facebook, Twitter and Google+ bowed to Turkish government pressure to pull certain posts off their pages or risk being blocked entirely.

The Turkish government has been vocal about its mistrust of sharing information online, having last year shut down or slowed down Twitter and YouTube on a number of occasions.


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