Saudi newspaper Al-Watan hacked by Iran, says editor
The hacker intentionally ‘published lies’, claiming they were quotes from Saudi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef
Hackers from outside Saudi Arabia seized control of a major newspaper website in the kingdom on Thursday and published false news about its military operation in Yemen, the paper said.
The fake report on Al-Watan was picked up by a number of Arabic news sites loyal to Shiite-dominated Iran.
Relations between the two countries have worsened this year.
Speaking to Al Arabiya's Arabic website, Al Watan's Editor-in-Chief Othman Al-Seeni accused Iran of being behind the hack, adding that "entities in Tehran were the first to tweet about the incident".
Al-Seeni said that ISIS may also be associated with the attack, adding that his newspaper's website has also been hacked last year.
"We issued a press release and we are working with the authorities to determine the perpetrators", he added.
"The newspaper online site was subject to hacking at 9:20 on Thursday morning (0620 GMT) by hostile groups from outside the kingdom," the newspaper said in a statement.
"They were able to control the site for a period of time and published false news" including a fake statement by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, it said.
The hacker intentionally "published lies", claiming they were quotes from Prince Mohammed relating to be Saudi-led military coalition's operation in Yemen.
Al-Watan is a privately-owned newspaper linked to a member of the royal family and based in the southwestern city of Abha. It said technicians were able to recover the website after "this crime" of hacking.