UAE Hacked Qatari Government News Site

UAE Hacked Qatari Government News Site

UAE Hacked Qatari Government News Site

Qatar said those reports were fabricated and posted by hackers, though it hasn't identified the source.

The UAE government planned the infamous May 24 hacking of QNA, states the report citing USA intelligence officials who were not named because of the "sensitive" character of the matter.

The hack resulted in the circulation of a false news story on Qatar News Agency which included made-up quotes that were attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani.

The officials said it was unclear if the UAE hacked the websites or paid for them to be carried out, the newspaper reported.

"We need a regional solution and global monitoring", said Anwar Gargash, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, in prepared remarks he was scheduled to deliver on Monday in London.

'The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article.

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Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and allies in Egypt and Bahrain cut trade and political ties with Qatar on 5 June, claiming that Doha meddled in global affairs and funded terrorist organisations. Funding, supporting and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qaddafi.

Qatar is facing an existential crisis and a possible outbreak of war in the Gulf after several Arab countries had severed relations.

But the Post said when asked, officials reiterated a statement from their attorney general. The official representative of the Qatari Foreign Ministry said that the agency's site was hacked, the speech was published by hackers and has nothing to do with the country's leader. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalisation, and undermining the stability of its neighbours", Otaiba's statement said.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met with his counterpart and the emir, and US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson came twice as part of a shuttle diplomacy that included meetings in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia in an effort to resolve the crisis.

The refinancing of a $1 billion loan by Doha Festival City, a retail and hospitality complex in Qatar, has been indefinitely postponed as a diplomatic crisis deters regional banks from doing new Qatari business, bankers said. Qatar has rebuffed the demands and has denied the bloc's allegation that it funds terrorism. The intelligence believes that the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were behind the hacking attack on May 24. But it has denied aiding jihadist groups linked to al-Qaeda or so-called Islamic State (IS).

The FBI was previously known to be working with Qatar to investigate the hacking.

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