Yemen’s Little Known Cyber War

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ll have at least heard about the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The fighting, which began in late-March, has been orchestrated by Saudi Arabian led coalition, who have launched attacks against the Yemeni Houthi militia. The conflict has created a humanitarian crisis, with almost 2000 people killed, and around 7500 injured. Millions have been left without food or fuel.

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However, while the main conflict rages on, for all the world to see, a second secret war is taking place on the Deep Web, where the Yemen Cyber Army go toe-to-toe with the world’s most notorious ‘hacktivist’ organisation: Anonymous.

The hacking began back in mid-April, when the YCA first came to prominence by targeting the website of al-Hayat, a London based, pro-Saudi newspaper.

On the site they displayed pro-Shiite propaganda and told that Yemen was ready for a long fight.

Release Some of the Data on Deep Web Sites

Anonymous was quick to get in on the action, targeting the Yemeni ministry of information, shutting down the site and leaking some of the data on a Deep Web site.

However in the last week, drastic actions were taken by the YCA and they have put thousands of Saudis in peril.

In their largest attack to date, the YCA hit the Saudi Ministry of Foreign affairs, and struck gold.

They claim that they now have complete control over 3000 computers and servers in the MOFA, and will release the data slowly on Deep Web sites, until the real world invasion of Yemen comes to a halt.

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The level of information they have gathered is astounding also, and really shows the undeniable need for strong encryption of sensitive data.

The information that has already been leaked includes 162 emails sent by Saudi officials, along with clear-text passwords used to access them.
Hackread has reported that data released is legitimate, and was never before leaked on the Internet.

Cybercrime concept with flag on background - YemenThe data they claim to hold, and will release shortly includes not only the addresses, phone numbers and emails of top Saudi diplomats, Foreign Ministry staff, secret agents and army personnel, but also classified files and correspondence of senior Riyadh officials with other countries and governments since early 1980s.They stated:

“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 staff and diplomats in different missions around the world.”

The YCA have definitely sent a powerful message to their adversaries, and only time will tell how much the leaking of this sensitive data will affect the course of the real world war. Howeverone thing is for certain, the cyber war in Yemen is far from over.

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