Yemen Cyber Army

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The Yemen Cyber Army (led by Jonior Hacker) is a pro Shia hacker group that has claimed responsibility for the defacement of the London based pro-Saudi Al-Hayat website in April 2015 as well as the exfiltration of data from the Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in May subsequently listed on WikiLeaks.

Associated with the 2015 Yemeni Civil War, the group claims to be based in Yemen itself, but there is speculation from security experts they are in fact Iranian backed based on IP address information and use of the Persian language.[1][2][3] Experts suggest the organisation is a manifestation of the ongoing proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Saudi-based Anonymous-affiliated hackers contribute to the ongoing #protest against the Saudi regime.[4]


  1. ^ Frenkel, Sheera (24 June 2014). "Meet The Mysterious New Hacker Army Freaking Out The Middle East". Buzzfeed. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  2. ^ Franceschi-Bicchierai, Lorenzo (26 June 2015). "There's Evidence the 'Yemen Cyber Army' Is Actually Iranian". Vice. Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  3. ^ SC Staff (22 July 2015). "Yemen Cyber Army promises more attacks, but are they a front for Iran?". Retrieved 20 August 2015.
  4. ^ Gili (26 June 2015). "The Iranian-Saudi Conflict and Its Cyber Outlet". Retrieved 20 August 2015.