Bahrain said Saturday hackers targeted websites in the country just hours before a planned parliamentary election.
The Interior Ministry did not identify the websites targeted, but the country's state-run Bahrain News Agency could not be reached online nor could the website for Bahrain's parliament.
“Websites are being targeted to hinder the elections and circulate negative messages in desperate attempts that won’t affect the determination of citizens who will go to the polling stations,” the Interior Ministry said.
Screenshots taken by internet users showed a picture after the hack claiming it was carried out by a previously unknown account called 'Al Toufan', or “The Flood" in Arabic. Social media accounts associated with 'Al Toufan' said the group targeted the parliament's website “due to the persecution carried out by the Bahraini authorities, and in implementation of the popular will to boycott the sham elections.”
Bahraini officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The attack happened just hours ahead of parliamentary and municipal elections in Bahrain. Voters will pick the 40 members of the lower house of Bahrain's parliament, the Council of Representatives. The parliament's upper house, the Consultative Council, is appointed by royal decree by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.
US President Joe Biden said that the Chinese spy balloon has been shot down successfully
Departures, arrivals have been paused because of a 'national security effort'
The US president urges the world to sow the seeds of fraternity across all peoples, religions and beliefs
This is spurred by strong harvest progress and favourable weather conditions in some parts of the world
The pharma company has initiated a voluntary recall at the consumer level of all unexpired lots of the eye drops
UK home office report says 250 Indian migrants have made the dangerous crossing of English Channel in small boats in 2023