Yemen Cyber Army post pro-Shi'ite propahanda on al-Hayat website .
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Hackers calling themselves the "Yemen Cyber Army" on Tuesday hacked the website of London-based daily newspaper, al-Hayat in the latest bout of cyber warfare to emerge from the ongoing political turmoil in the Middle East.
Iranian state media outlet, FARS news, posted a screen shot of the cyber-attack which shows a picture of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah beside a defiant caption.
"We are waiting for you" and "Come with all your Israeli and US made weapons!," reads one caption, suggesting that Yemen is prepared for a prolonged fight.
Text in Hebrew, roughly meaning "prepare your shelters," also hinted that Israel would not be exempt from the consequences of regional tensions
Tagged as #OpKSA, the online based raid comes in light of the infiltration of Iran's state television's Twitter account
, an incident which an Iranian spokesman called "psychological warfare."
Hackers also reportedly leaked the names of al-Hayat
readers and subscribers in order to "to warn all Pro-Saudi or pan-Arabs (to)
accept Yemen Revolution and join us against your dictators".Al-Hayat
released a statement saying, “The site is under maintenance after it was subjected to hacking," but did not elaborate further.
While it is based in London, al-Hayat
is under the ownership of Khalid Bin Sultan, the former Saudi deputy defense minister and is considered to have a pro-Saudi and pro-Western bent.
Bin Sultan had previously led Saudi forces in a 2009 intervention in support of the Yemeni government against Houthi rebels. Saudi casualties stood at 130 casualties and some 600 Houthi fighters were reportedly killed in the six month long operation.