Anonymous Launches #OpSaudi #OpJamalKhashoggi

In response to the mysterious death/assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, and in retaliation for Saudi Arabia’s continued violations of international law and crimes against humanity in Yemen, the Anonymous hacker collective has officially launched #OpSaudi – #OpJamalKhashloggi. Over the weekend, several web pages affiliated with the Saudi Government were either taken offline or defaced, and hackers all over the world went on a “hunt” for state sponsored hackers and trolls working on behalf of the Saudi Government.

In an official press release, hackers affiliated with the operation urged all “Journalists, human rights’ activists, and anonymous individuals” to stand up “and challenge the monarchy government of Saudi Arabia perpetually at all levels – domestic, political, social, and economic.” They are also calling for a complete boycott of all Saudi businesses, press organizations, and are actively lobbying the United Nations to withdraw Saudi’s chair on the Human Rights Committee.

By October 20th 2018, Anonymous Hackers had begun assembling and releasing the IP Addresses of several top tier web pages associated with the Saudi Government for cyber/DDoS attack, including the Ministry Of Justice, Ministry of Labor and Social Development, Ministry of Civil Service, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture and Information, Ministry of the Interior, General Intelligence Presidency and dozens more – including Saudi Press agencies. On through the morning of October 22nd, many of these web pages still remain inaccessible.

In addition to this, hackers have also begun tracking, hacking and deleting the social profiles/pages of know trolls working for the Saudi Government, either through their own means or by reporting the accounts directly to Twitter for deletion.

For those of you whom are not already aware, dating back to 2015, the Saudi Government is one of the world leaders in terms of state sponsored propaganda outreach via social media, known to be employing thousands of employees to operate millions of Twitter/Facebook spam, troll or bot accounts. The death of Jamal Khashoggi simply presented the perfect rallying cry for people to organize and start cracking down against them. While the exact number is impossible to calculate at the present moment in time, over the weekend, Anonymous hackers have either deleted or reported dozens of troll/fake accounts tied to the Saudi Government – and the operation is still ongoing…..

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Brian Dunn

Writer, Researcher Owner: Rogue Media Labs | Rogue Security Labs (929)-319-2570 BrianDunn@RogueSecurityLabs.Ltd

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