Yemen 'Cyber Army' hacks Saudi government

Pro-Yemeni hacktivists calling themselves the Yemen Cyber Army (YCA) have taken classified computer files from several Saudi Arabian government agencies including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Interior Ministry and Defence Ministry.

The data breach was confirmed by the authorities, accoding to Security Affairs which cited Osama bin Ahmad al-Sanousi, a senior official at the Kingdom's Foreign Ministry. Nearly a million (990,584) records were revealled, comprising personal details of what were claimed to be Foreign Ministry staff and diplomats, spies and Saudi intelligence operatives.

“We have gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3,000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their diplomats in different missions around the world,” say the hackers.

Yemeni Shia and Sunni muslim groups are in armed conflict in the country, and Saudi Arabia has entered the fray carrying out air attacks against the Iranian-backed Shia. The YCA group is pro-Shia and anti-US, anti-Israel, anti-ISIS and anti-Saudi Arabia, and one of its statements said: “Our cyber operation is just started and by the grace of God we are expecting the Saudi regime's collapse….”  To hasten this outcome it originally said (to Saudi Arabia), “All your computers will be automatically wiped on Wednesday – 2015 20 May,” then subsequently posted statements on government computers on 21st May saying: "Your Network Hacked By Yemen Cyber Army. We Are Anonymous.”

The YCA has added: “We Will Publish 1M Record Every Weekend To Stopping Saudi Attacks. Also We Sent 400K(30G) Private Saudi MOFA Documents to wikileaks.org For Backup.”

Sign up to our newsletters