Muscat: A group of hackers named 'Omani Ghost Hackers' told Al Shabiba newspaper, the sister publication of Times of Oman, they hacked the official Oman Football Association website because of the national team's poor performance in the ongoing Asian Football Confederation Under-22 championship underway in Muscat.
In an interview with the Arabic language newspaper, the hackers, who hacked into www.ofa.om, revealed they are a group of three people aged 14, 16 and 19 years old but refused to give their names. The group said they were very unhappy with the Under-22 team's 1-0 loss to Jordan on Tuesday (January 14). As this interview is being published, Oman is playing South Korea at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex, and they need to win the encounter to the book a berth in the quarterfinals of the AFC U-22 Championship.
When asked if they would restore the hacked website if Oman beat South Korea in the crucial fixture, 'Omani Ghost Hackers' said they would not consider such a move as their frustration stems from the history of OFA failures and not recent setbacks.
Meanwhile, an OFA official told Al Shabiba that the association is going to take all the possible procedures to restore the website after the hack as well as implement further security measures to save it from future hacking.
The official reiterated OFA's doors are always open to anyone and that they are ready to talk about all football-related matters and resolve them amicably.