Turkey says Gulen group used puzzle game to mask communications

Turkey says Gulen group used puzzle game to mask communications
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly accused Gulen of being behind 2016's failed coup. (Reuters)
Updated 13 April 2018

Turkey says Gulen group used puzzle game to mask communications

Turkey says Gulen group used puzzle game to mask communications
  • More than 140,000 public workers were sacked or suspended over alleged links to Gulen under the state of emergency imposed after the coup bid.
  • President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly accused Gulen of being behind the coup attempt that took place in 2016.

Ankara: Turkish authorities believe members of the movement it blames for 2016’s failed coup used a mobile phone puzzle game to mask communications on an encryption app, state media reported on Friday.
Officials have uncovered evidence, state news agency Anadolu said, that supporters of the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen downloaded the app “2048 Fun and Relaxing Puzzle Game” to use as a smokescreen for an encrypted messaging service.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has repeatedly accused Gulen of being behind the coup attempt — a charge the cleric denies.
The agency did not give further details on how the puzzle app was used but said the discovery was made during an investigation into the Gulen movement’s structure in the Turkish navy.
Digital material seized by the authorities also showed that alleged Gulenists were using apps similar to the encryption messaging app known as ByLock.
The Turkish government has said that Bylock was used by Gulen’s followers.
Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the US, says his movement promotes a peaceful form of Islam but tens of thousands of his followers have been arrested and put on trial accused of being part of what Ankara calls the “Fethullah Terrorist Organization.”
Under the state of emergency imposed after the coup bid, more than 140,000 public workers were sacked or suspended including teachers, judges and police officers over alleged links to Gulen.
Last year, the Ankara chief prosecutor said nearly 11,500 people unknowingly downloaded the ByLock app.
Following the announcement, more than 1,800 civil servants sacked after being accused of downloading Bylock were reinstated to their roles.


Egyptian film ‘Tuk-Tuk’ goes international

“Tuk-Tuk” film still.
“Tuk-Tuk” film still.
Updated 17 January 2021

Egyptian film ‘Tuk-Tuk’ goes international

“Tuk-Tuk” film still.

DUBAI: The Egyptian film “Tuk-Tuk” is set to make its international premiere at France’s Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival on Jan. 29.

After this it will be shown at the 29th edition of the Los Angeles Pan African Film Festival (PAFF), which will run from Jan. 29 to Feb. 6.

The Mohamed Kheidr-directed short tells the story of a young woman named Walaa, portrayed by Miss Egypt 2009 Elham Wagdi, who is forced to become a rickshaw driver to support her family after she is abandoned by her husband who has illegally fled the country.

The Los Angeles-based film festival was established in 1992 to promote creative works that highlight the diverse stories of Africa and the global black diaspora.

Each year, the cinematic event showcases more than 150 new films from countries including the US, Africa, Latin America and Europe.