A group of hackers going by the handle of “Group_Dmar” hacked and defaced the official website of Kuwaiti Parliament on Saturday when the country was gearing up for its parliamentary election.
Hackers left a deface page along with a brief message in Arabic accusing Mr. Abdul Hamid Dashti, a member of parliament of being an Iranian agent and that other MPs should unite against him. Hackers also vowed to leak conversation between Mr. Dashti, Iranian and Syrian government.
Mr. Dashti who belongs to Shia sect of Islam was previously criticized for his meeting with the family of late Hizballah commander Mr. Imad Mughniyah. In 2015, Saudi government asked Kuwait to prosecute Mr. Dashti for “repeated insults to Saudi Arabia in the media.”
In the other part of their message hackers demanded the government of Kuwait to provide citizenship and other rights to stateless residents of Kuwaitis often known as Bidoon (Click here to read who are Bidoons).
— عبدالله العلي (@CyberkovCEO) November 26, 2016
It is unclear how hackers were able to deface the parliament website, however, the defacement message indicates the tough relationship between of Shia and Sunni sects.
This is not the first time when a high-profile Kuwaiti website was hacked on an important day. In 2012, online hacktivist group Anonymous had hacked the official website of Diwan of the Kuwaiti Crown Prince just one day before Christmas with messages in support of hackers arrested for hacktivism.
At the time of publishing this article, Kuwaiti parliament website was offline.