Report: Iranian, Houthi Hackers Hack Websites Of Saudi Dailies

January 16, 2019

On January 8, 2019, hackers linked to Iran and Tehran-backed Houthi militias hacked the websites of Saudi dailies Okaz and the Saudi Gazette. Readers were temporarily unable to access these websites, on which the hackers reportedly tried to publish a vulgar message. These newspapers, according to the website of Gulf Digital News, were targeted because of their Iran-related content and their support of Yemen's government. Iranian hackers are also thought to be behind the hacking of a website of an Arabic daily Al Watan, which is published in Bahrain. Hackers reportedly took control of the Al Watan website for seven minutes.

Source:, accessed January 15, 2019.

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