The Facebook page of Hizb Ettahrir, an Islamist political party that is legally unrecognized in Tunisia, was hacked last night by a Tunisian group claiming affiliation with the international cyber activist collective Anonymous.
A representative of the Tunisian Anonymous group, calling himself “CaliforniaKB,” said that the attack was motivated by the activity of the Tunisian hacking group Fellaga, who he accused of working for Hizb Ettahrir, and last Wednesday’s desecration of the national flag by an Islamist protester at Manouba University.
The representative said that the group did not have an ideological orientation, but was simply defending the “people’s freedom.”
“We are not liberals, we do not represent any political party. We are for the people, we are the people. We fight fire with fire, we were watching and doing nothing until we saw the Tunisian flag getting down in Manouba University,” CaliforniaKB explained.
CaliforniaKB also stated that the group is not against Islamism. “We are not against Hizb Ettahrir. Personally, I am a Muslim; we are against any extremist idea whether from left, right or center,” he asserted.
Ridha Belhaj, spokesperson of Hizb Ettahrir, expressed that the party was undaunted by the attack. “This is a cowardly thing to do; instead of confronting us, they resorted to these methods. This will not put us down, we will always be here,” Belhaj said.
Belhaj also declared that Hizb Ettahrir was not involved in the flag incident that occurred in Manouba university. “We had nothing to do with it. We are against violence – these are Hizb Ettahrir principles,” said Belhaj.
The representative of Anonymous in Tunisia threatened future attacks against the Tunisian government if they do not, “achieve the aims of the revolution,” and claimed to have access to incriminating e-mails and “financial documents” about the government.
“We do have access to many secret files. We are waiting for the good moment to take you down unless you finish the revolution in the right way,” said CaliforniaKB.