Free speech activists hack Turkish bank running soccer surveillance system

Financial Services // Turkey

Aktif Bank, the country’s largest privately owned investment bank, recently unveiled a controversial e-ticketing system for fans of the sport – typically people involved in anti-government protests.

To attend games, spectators now must carry a special card that requires submitting personal information. In addition, the ticketing system shows where each individual is seated.

Turkish hacktivist collective RedHack essentially sees this arrangement as a way for the government to keep an eye on everyone who owns a card.  For example, authorities can monitor those who chant anti-government slogans at games.

In protest of the debatably anti-protestor move, RedHack claims to have breached the systems of Aktif Bank.

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