Petra news agency hacked, attributes false comments to Saudi Prince

The false news item made it seem as if Prince Mohammed bin Salman endorsed a candidate in the upcoming US presidential elections

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Hackers attacked Jordan's state-owned news agency, Petra, late on Monday night and published false statements which were attributed to the Saudi Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman is currently visiting the United States and the false news item, which was later removed by Petra, made it seem as if he had endorsed a particular political candidate in the upcoming US presidential elections.

Jordanian sources told Al Arabiya News Channel that the source of the hack was based in Iran and that a request has been sent to the Interpol for further investigations.

For its part, Petra has published an explanation about the incident and this could be read here.

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