The hacker who claimed responsibility for both the Gamma Group and Hacking Team breaches has struck again, this time sending €10,000 (about £8,000) of allegedly stolen Bitcoin to Rojava, an autonomous region in northern Syria that they described as “one of the most inspiring revolutionary projects in the world today.”
The hacker, who goes by the pseudonyms “Phineas Phisher,” “Hack Back!” and “@GammaGroupPR,” declined to name the victims of the heist, saying he’d “rather not yet, since there’s hopefully a few orders of magnitude more on the way.”
If true, Rojava could soon be the beneficiary of a cool million in Bitcoin.
Rojava is one of the most inspiring revolutionary projects in the world today. I just donated 10000€ in bitcoin https://t.co/2ubZctplSy
— Hack Back! (@GammaGroupPR) May 5, 2016
Considered by neighbouring Turkey as a haven for the PKK, or Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a group designated by the US State Department as a “terrorist organisation” which seeks to create an independent Kurdish homeland, Rojava is not, on closer inspection, that easy to pigeonhole.
An in-depth investigation by The New York Times last year