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Hackers publish offensive photo on Omani gov't website

Faces of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Mohamed Abdelaziz, head of the Polisario Front and President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, were superimposed on the profile headshot of Bouteflika

Hackers publish offensive photo on Omani gov't website
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The Omani News Agency has claimed hackers were responsible for publishing offensive photographs of recently re-elected Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on its website.

The ONA website was not working on Sunday morning following the embarrassing incident in which the faces of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Mohamed Abdelaziz, head of the Polisario Front and President of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic, were superimposed on the profile headshot of Bouteflika, media agencies have reported.

Bouteflika, 77, was re-elected last Thursday, for a fourth five-year term.

Prior to the alleged hacking, the ONA had published a congratulatory message from Qaboos bin Said, Sultan of Oman.

The Sultan had expressed his sincere greetings and wishes of good health, happiness and a long life to the Algerian president and wished further progress and prosperity to the country’s people under his leadership, the ONA reported.

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