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Bahrain: Foreign minister's twitter account hacked

شعار Al Jazeera Al Jazeera 03/06/2017
Al-Khalifa blamed the attack on a "terrorist group" vowing to "hold accountable the individuals behind this despicable act" [Reuters] © Provided by Al Jazeera Al-Khalifa blamed the attack on a "terrorist group" vowing to "hold accountable the individuals behind this despicable act" [Reuters]

Hackers temporarily took over the Twitter account of Bahraini foreign minister Khaled bin Ahmad al-Khalifa on Saturday.

Bahrain's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Saturday afternoon acknowledging al-Khalifa's Twitter account had been taken over by "terrorists."

Saraya al-Mukhtar (al-Mukhtar Brigades), a Shia group with a strong online presence, claimed responsibility for the hacking and posted anti-government videos and images.

Later on Saturday, both the foreign ministry and al-Khalifa confirmed the account had been recovered and blamed the attack on a "terrorist group", vowing to "hold accountable the individuals behind this despicable act".

The hack comes just hours after US-based news site The Daily Beast reported that a hacker group calling itself "GlobalLeaks" began distributing hacked emails stolen from the inbox of Yousef Al- Otaiba, the United Arab Emirates' ambassador to the United States.

It was not clear if the hacks were linked.

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