Bahrain foreign minister victim of hacking

The foreign minister Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa, a member of the royal family, has his Twitter account hacked

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Bahrain foreign minister victim of hacking Bahraini foreign minister Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  June 4, 2017

It has been reported that the Bahraini foreign minister Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa has been a victim of a cyber hacking.

The Bahraini foreign minister reportedly had his Twitter account hacked, showing images of bloodied bodies, demolished mosques and a child's illustration of war. The foreign minister tweeted that he had recovered his account four hours later.

Along with the images the caption said: "What the petrodollar media doesn't show you," a reference to the satellite television channels funded by neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

The foreign ministry has blamed the hack on a "terrorist group" and it will "hold accountable the individuals behind this despicable act".

Whilst the cybercriminals accountable has not been confirmed, the tweets included the name and logo of Saraya al-Mukhtar, a Shiite group who have made open threats against the ruling Al-Khalifa family.

Other tweets spoke of the treatment of Shiites in Saudi Arabia and Yemem, where a Saudi-led coalition including Bahrain is fighting Shiite rebels. The tweets said:

"We take an oath before you - we demand the execution of King Hamad.

"We will soon reap the skulls of you who danced on the blood of our men in Bahrain, Qatif and Yemen."  

Last week Qatar confirmed that its official state news agency QNA also suffered from a hack which publicised fake statements on sensitive regional matters.

The fake statement, which criticised US foreign policy, was attributed to the country's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani. 

 

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