A supposed Yemeni hacking group announced that it has hacked Saudi Arabia’s Foreign, Interior and Defense ministries and released thousands of top secret documents. The dumped documents include names and addresses of Saudi spies as well as confidential correspondence of Riyadh officials over the last several decades.
“We have gained access to the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) network and have full control over more than 3000 computers and servers, and thousands of users. We also have access to the emails, personal and secret information of hundreds of thousands of their staff and diplomats in different missions around the world,” the Yemen Cyber Army said in a statement.
The group said it has a vast trove of documents, including the contact addresses, phone numbers, emails, social account contents of not just the Saudi diplomats and foreign ministry staff, the country’s spies, intelligence agents, operatives, army personnel and hundreds of thousands of secret documents of the Saudi foreign ministry and top secret files and correspondence of senior Riyadh officials with other world countries and governments since early 1980s.
“We publish only few portions of the vital information we have, just to let them know that ‘truly the flimsiest of houses is the spider´s house’,” the statement added.
The hacking group also said that “portions of the visa secret information, thousands of documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry automation system and secret emails will be published gradually so as to keep Saudi puppets always in fear of their identity disclosure”.
The statement threaten to automatically wipe the Saudi Foreign Ministry computer systems and servers at 12:00 Wednesday midnight.
The group warned that it would further attack the Saudi government if Riyadh refrains from attacking “Muslims in Yemen”, adding, “Do not blame anyone but yourself and expect greater harms.”
Yemen Cyber Army first came to light after it attacked the pro-Saudi news website, AlHayat, on April 14th in protest at Riyadh’s invasion of Yemen.
News of the attack was quickly picked up by Iran’s FARS news agency. Iran backs Islamist Houthi rebels in Yemen, which could indicate that it is really Iran behind the attacks. Given the broad scope of the incursion and sophistication needed for such an attack it is entirely plausible Iran is the actual responsible party.