The US government has been accused by Turkey of hacking the Turkish electrical grid in what resulted in frequent blackouts across Turkey. In a statement made by Berat Albayrak, the Turkish Energy Minister, his ministry had experienced a cyber-attack that originated from American IP addresses that led to frequent blackouts across Istanbul and other cities.
A report issued by Farsnews.com, Albayrak, who happens to be the son-in-law of President Erdogan, tweeted last week on his official Twitter account, this has led to serious warnings about the status quo. He told the Turkish television that as “we witnessed yesterday, some intensive cyber-attacks from the United States, such attacks on various departments of the Ministry of Energy, have been implemented on a regular basis, but we thwarted them all”.
Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city that faced frequent power outages since last week at a time when the country was hit by an unusually cold weather and snowstorms. As insinuated by initial reports, the energy ministry thought that cuts were due to damage to the power grid from the snow.
In a report issued last Saturday by a source in the ministry to the state news agency Anadolu, the hacking was part of the problem that caused the power outages.
US-based opposition leader Fethullah Gulen has been routinely accused by Ankara of using a wide network supporters in Turkey to compromise the government. He has been accused of fueling public protests over the years, leaking documents that implicated Turkish officials of corruption, plotting assassination of a Russian ambassador, masterminding a failed coup, among other conspiracies. However, Gulen denies all the claims as the US refuses to deport him to Turkey.
Throughout the week, Turkey’s weather condition has worsened as airports have been forced to cancel hundreds of flights on Saturday due to a snowstorm. Despite the cold snap, the Turkish government has put a two-month cap on energy prices due to increased consumption.