Basketball games can spark some of the fiercest rivalries between opposing teams’ fans. While we have seen some pretty intense spats here in America (like Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson of the Indiana Pacers climbing the stands and attacking fans), the fights over in Europe can get pretty intense too.
While these rivalries have sparked some outrageous behavior, I think this is the first time in history one has induced full on computer hacking as retaliation for a loss. According to recent news, computer hackers out of Turkey have invaded the websites of Cypriot company websites, launching a massive cyber-attack against companies in the Eastern Mediterranean country.
If you attempted to visit any of the 20 websites targeted by the Turkish hackers, you would have been greeted by a surprising image. Visitors to the sites would have been subject to the Cypriot democracy under a crescent hailing the slogan “No terrorism in sports” followed by the emblem of Pınar Karşıyaka, according Cyprus’ police spokesman.
But what, you may be wondering, would cause hackers out of Turkey to do such a thing to company websites from Cyprus? Well, this specific cyber-attack is a possible retaliation for episodes that took place between APOEL and Pınar Karşıyaka in the final phase of the FIBA Eurochallenge 2010. APOEL beat Pınar Karşıyaka 82-80, but the battle was far from over when the final buzzer sounded.
Crowd trouble ensued right after the game as APOEL fans proceeded to throw stones and firecrackers at the referees after they blew the final whistle. But the rampage did not stop there as Pınar Karşıyaka players were attacked by fans wielding sticks, injuring a few players, according to team manager Nihat Mala. Aside from the investigation, local police advised the infiltrated companies to refer to the cybercrime agency.
You know this really makes me glad that I played basketball in America where all I had to fear from fans was a little bit of verbal abuse and the occasional elbow from an opposing player.
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