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Bahrain Claims that its Foreign Minister’s Twitter Account Hacked


Hackers have temporarily hacked Twitter account of foreign minister of Bahrain on Sat., only 10 days after cyber attack on official news agency of their neighbour Qatar. Local media and foreign ministry reported on Sat. stating that attackers have hacked Twitter account of Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa, Foreign Minister of Bahrain, and posted intimidating as well as insulting videos.


Foreign Ministry didn't blame anyone of carrying out hacking; however it looked to be carried out by the militants of Shi'ite Muslim, who are eager to bring down Sunni Muslim al-Khalifa monarchy. The foreign ministry posted a message on their Twitter account stating that "the account of H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs has been hacked. Kindly be aware."


Saraya al-Mukhtar, Shia group having strong presence online, claimed the responsibility for hacking; and posted images and videos which are anti-government. On the later part of Saturday, both Al Khalifa and Foreign Ministry confirmed that the account was recovered; and blamed a "terrorist group" for the attack, vowing to "hold accountable the individuals behind this despicable act."


The hack has taken place only hours after The Daily Beast, news site based in US, reported that one hacker group who are calling itself as "GlobalLeaks", started distributing the hacked emails that was stolen from inbox of Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE ambassador to the US.


The hackers also retweeted numerous posts of Numur al-Hurriya that purports as an opposition group in Shiite Qatif district of the Eastern Saudi Arabia.


Saudi authorities have said that 2 men who were blown up in the Qatif on Fri. are by ammunitions which they are transporting in its vehicle. Sunni-dominated areas in Saudi Arabia have experienced repeated disturbances among their Shiite minority, maximum of them living in East, closed to causeway connecting it with Bahrain.


Neighbouring Qatar was still probing the hack of its official news agency website as well as Twitter account on 24th May, wherein damaging comments regarding a raft of delicate regional issues are falsely credited to its ruler. Also, hackers posted a false report stating that Qatar was having severed relations with many neighbouring countries. On Friday, sources close to this case told the AFP that experts of FBI are helping in the investigation.

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