Apart From the War in Yemen, another Struggle to rule the Internet Continues in the Backdrop
In Yemen, a civil war comprising different parties has stormed the nation; however, the Yemeni government was finally overthrown by a group of Houthi rebels.
Currently, both parties are claiming to be the lawful and legal government, with the capital Sana’a being under the control of the Houthis and Aden and the surrounding areas being controlled by the group who is loyal to the former government.
The groups in the nation are also getting support from the foreign nations; as a result it is carrying out a proxy war within Yemen. Presently, Saudi Arabia has deliberately backed the forces that are loyal to the former Yemeni government. In fact, the Yemeni government is trying hard to get back their control of Hodeidah.
Over thousands of civilians have been killed in assaults that were carried out by this Saudi and Emirati-backed allied group and there is a continued famine even in 2018. The UN called the Yemen crisis as the worst famine that the world has passed in the last 100 years. Around, three quarters of the 28 million population is depending on the humanitarian aid like food and clothes for their survival.
When a nation goes through this type of destruction, the internet may be reckoned as a low-level issue; however, recently a study conducted by an internet security company, Recorded Future, elucidates that internet has in fact appeared as a crucial means of control
Allan Liska senior security architect at Recorded Future stated that in the Yemen’s civil war, another weapon that is being used by the parties is the controlling of the internet. In Yemen, one could get to see the Houthi rebels taking the charge of the internet infrastructure and becoming the de facto government. The Houthi leaders have become the face of all government websites. But it’s not about the Houthis controlling the government sites. The Houthi group has also exercised control by closing down access to sites that were important of them.
Starting to strain down the news sites that can be accessed by people to completely cutting down the access to services were crucial during their strikes.