Yesterday, it was reported that a group linked to Anonymous
, the hacktivists, had hacked 2,725 emails of Tunisia's ruling Ennahda party. These included the emails of the prime minister.
A video was posted on the Facebook page of Anonymous TN
, showing a hacker in the trademark "Guy Fawkes" mask used by Anonymous members.
The video in French on Facebook announces that the hacktivists hacked the emails as a protest against Ennahda's alleged failure to protect artists and the unemployed in a recent attack by Salafi Islamists, during a protest in Tunisia.
The hactivists state: "To the Tunisian government, we have kept a large part of your data secret. If you do not wish to see these published on the internet we ask you to work to the best of your ability to avoid internet censorship and to respect human rights and the freedom of expression in Tunisia."
A video in English is posted above, displaying the emails that were allegedly hacked from Prime Minister Hammadi Jebeli's account. Apparently 1 email from Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, a senior official of Ennahda, was sent to the Turkish embassy and the CV of Foreign Minister Rafik Abdesslem was apparently an attachment.
Anonymous TN claim that the emails include bank transactions, phone numbers and invoices that were paid during the election campaign in Tunisia in October 2011. In this election Ennahda won more than 40% of the seats in Parliament and went on to head the Tunisian government.
Tunisian government officials have given no detailed comment on the breach, but have said that many of the emails appeared to be old. However, if viewing the video above in HD, full screen, it is possible to see recent dates including April 2012.
, Rida Kezdaghli told Reuters that: "We are still trying to confirm if Jebali's hacked account was from before he became prime minister or after."
The moderate Islamist group Ennahda has faced increasing pressure recently from secular opponents. They accuse the party of "turning a blind eye" to conservative Salafi Islamists. They fear the latter are trying to impose their extreme interpretation of Islam on Tunisia.
The party has also received criticism that they are not doing enough to revive the Tunisian economy.
This is the second attack by the Anonymous group. In January 2011, Anonymous TN launched "Operation Tunisia" in which they hacked an unofficial Ennahda website last month together with Facebook pages linked to the group. They also hacked the web site of Tunisia's justice ministry.
This was in protest of the internet crackdown by veteran president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, who fled the country that month as the protests engulfed the country.
A video posted on YouTube in January 2011, announcing their intentions to the Tunisian government is posted below.