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Turkmen Embassy in Minsk Hacked Apparently By ISIS

Saturday 11 April 2015

(RFE/RL) – Turkmenistan’s embassy in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, has been hacked by people with apparent links to the Islamic State extremist group.

The website was inaccessible on April 9 after it carried a black-and-white photograph of an unknown man wearing a black mask and holding an AK-47. A text above the photo said in English “Hacked by Abdellah Elmaghribi” and in Russian: “The website is in the service of the regime.”

A sentence below the photo read: “#Struck by Abdellah Elmaghribi And Moroccan Wolf. By ISLAMIC STATE HACKERS (El Moujahidine) Your Security Get Owned.”

The Turkmen embassy has not made any official announcement regarding the apparent hacking. The website seems to be still down.

Earlier this year Turkmenistan began mobilizing its reserve military forces. In March, rumours began circling about Uzbek and Russian troops at the Turkmen-Afghan border. Recently it has asked the United States for assistance to deal with ISIS. In recent testimony before a congressional committee, the commander of U.S. Central Command noted that the country “recently expressed a desire to acquire U.S. military equipment and technology to address threats to their security along their southern border with Afghanistan.”

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