Bahraini websites were hacked hours before the general election


Hackers attacked official websites in Bahrain on Saturday just hours before the general elections began, the interior ministry said.

The ministry did not identify the websites affected, but the country’s state-run Bahrain News Agency was unavailable online, as was the Bahrain Parliament website.

“Websites are being targeted to prevent the election and to spread negative messages in desperate attempts that do not smother the resolve of citizens going to the polling stations,” the ministry said on its Twitter account.

Screenshots taken by netizens showed an image after the hack that claimed it was run by a previously unknown account called Al Toufan, or “The Flood” in Arabic.

The news agency’s website was back online early Saturday morning.

Bahrainis elect 40 members to the lower house of parliament, the Council of Representatives, and 30 members to the municipal council.

A record 561 candidates ran for Parliament, including 107 women.

Polling stations opened at 8 a.m. and were expected to close at 8 p.m.

The upper house of parliament, the Consultative Council, is appointed by royal decree of King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa.

With reports from the Associated Press.

Updated November 12, 2022 6:44 am


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