Buzzfeed, of all places, has an interesting article introducing a mysterious new hacker army freaking out the Middle East:

But the campaign continued to build. Twitter accounts were created calling for hackers to attack Saudi targets rallying around the hashtag #OpSaudi. On May 20, the Saudi foreign ministry was hacked. The next day, a story appeared on Iran’s state-run FARS news agency, the first media mention of the group (followed quickly by a second press mentionon Russia Today). The FARS story credited the Yemen Cyber Army with carrying out the hack of the Saudi foreign ministry and said it would soon be releasing personal information about Saudi federal employees as well as diplomatic correspondence. In the week that followed, documents surfaced in Pastebin accounts with passport information that appeared to come from the Saudi foreign ministry.

Fast forward to one month later, when Wikileaks announced it would make public roughly one million diplomatic cables from Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry. Wikileaks’ press release mentions that “a group calling itself the Yemen Cyber Army was responsible for breaching the Saudi Foreign Ministry,” but stops short of naming the group as the source of the documents being uploaded to Wikileaks. The documents range from cables outlining Saudi Arabia’s funding of Islamist groups in the region, to a request from Osama bin Laden’s son for his father’s death certificate. It was the first news-making event for Wikileaks since November 2013.

Who is the shadowy group that appears to have launched a full-scale digital campaign to expose, or at least embarrass, Saudi Arabia?

I am surprised to see such an interesting, and well written, cyber security story on Buzzfeed.

Waqas Amir of HackRead on Anonymous hacking the Chilean government’s National Municipal Information System web site to protest police brutality:

Anonymous hacker behind this breach goes with the Twitter handle of CyberBloc and while talking to HackRead, we were told that the breach is in support of 18-year-old Exequiel Borbaran and 25-year-old Diego Guzman who were shot to death in a protest against the government.

Welcome to 2015 and how online protests – aka hacktivism – are conducted in the internet era.

Groups like Anonymous take matters into their own hands, hacking the intended target’s web site followed by stealing and posting private data online, or by defacing the web site and posting a political message of some sort. Like any form of protest, expect this to continue so long as it is a viable method of calling attention to a particular cause.