Muslim Brotherhood Hackers Attack Egypt’s Official News Agency

Wednesday, 12 September, 2018 - 09:30
Cairo - Mohammed Nabil Helmi

The website of Egypt's state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) was hacked on Tuesday for around an hour in what was the first tangible response to an Egyptian court’s decision Saturday to sentence to death 75 leaders and members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

The hackers took over the website and posted an image of Brotherhood leader Mohammed al-Baltagi, who was among those sentenced to death on Saturday.

The image included a statement in Arabic accusing the authorities of “oppressing the innocent.”

“You send them to the gallows and oppress the innocent just because they have different opinions,” the statement read.

Those sentenced to death on Saturday include prominent Brotherhood leaders. More than 600 others were sentenced to jail over a 2013 sit-in at Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo

The sentencing concluded the mass trial of some 700 people accused of offenses including murder and inciting violence during the pro-Muslim Brotherhood rally at the square.

MENA chairman Ali Hassan said that the hacking operation “appeared at around 2 pm and technical officials took action to resolve it.”

On whether the source of the hacking could be identified, he told Asharq Al-Awsat: “It is too early to reach detailed results. We are conducting our probe in this regard.”

The official Egyptian news agency was established in 1955 as a joint stock company owned by the Egyptian newspapers. It was then nationalized in 1960. Currently, it is subject to the authority of the National Press Organization, which was formed by a presidential decree. MENA broadcasts its news and regular publications in three languages: Arabic, English and French.

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