Ongoing cyberattack against online Jewish magazine in Turkey

The magazine reports news connected to the Jewish community and monitors antisemitism in the country. It recently published a series of articles about pogroms against the Jews of Thrace in 1934

Ongoing cyberattack against online Jewish magazine in Turkey

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A Turkish Jewish web magazine called Avlaremoz has been under continuous cyberattacks that started in response to Israel's operation "Guardian of the Walls" in May, according to a report by leading Jewish website the Forward. The magazine reports news connected to the Jewish community, including various feature articles, and monitors antisemitism in the country.

Eli Haligua, Avlaremoz’s co-founder, told the Forward that the method being used by the attackers is distributed denial of service (DDoS), aimed at crashing the system by overwhelming it. "Two days ago, we had fifty million inputs trying to get inside." Haligua said at the end of last week. "Yesterday again they attacked, when it will finish, I don’t know." The magazine recently published a series of articles about pogroms against the Jews of Thrace in 1934, and Haligua does not rule out a connection between the reports and the continuous attacks. 

During operation Guardian of the Walls, the main Turkish Jewish news website, Salom, was attacked by "the Great Eastern Islamic Raiders Front", also known as IBDA, a Turkish organization inspired by Al-Qaeda that is on the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. The attackers took down the website's landing page and replaced it with a picture of a Palestinian boy with a slingshot alongside a message saying "Our actions will continue until Palestine is free and independent." It is not clear whether the same group carried out the attack on Avlaremoz. 

A screenshot from the landing page of Avlaremoz as of the morning of June 27. The main headline says "Pursuit of the lost memory: the Jews of Luleburgaz"