YEREVAN, June 24 /ARKA/. Armenian hackers group Digital Granate claimed responsibility for hacking Azerbaijani user accounts on Facebook. “The issues of Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) and its solution have been manipulated quite often recently. Of course, for any Armenian this issue has one solution: Artsakh is part of Armenia. Digital Granate decided to tell this truth through the words of Azerbaijanis.
So we take responsibility for hacking Facebook pages of many Azerbaijani users,” said the report, distributed by the group.
The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict erupted into armed clashes after the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s as the predominantly Armenian-populated enclave of Azerbaijan sought to secede from Azerbaijan and declared its independence backed by a successful referendum.
On May 12, 1994, the Bishkek cease-fire agreement put an end to the military operations. A truce was brokered by Russia in 1994, although no permanent peace agreement has been signed. Since then, Nagorno-Karabakh and several adjacent regions have been under the control of Armenian forces of Karabakh.
Nagorno-Karabakh is the longest-running post-Soviet era conflict and has continued to simmer despite the relative peace of the past two decades, with snipers causing tens of deaths a year. On April 2, 2016, Azerbaijan launched military assaults along the entire perimeter of its contact line with Nagorno-Karabakh. Four days later a cease-fire was reached.