UAE Behind Qatar Hacks

UAE alliance hacked Qatar

M - The United Arab Emirates has denied it was behind the alleged hacking of Qatar's state news agency in May, BBCreported.

The Post reported that US intelligence officials learned last week of newly analyzed information that showed that top UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred.

The UAE's minister of state for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash said earlier on Monday that the Washington Post report was false and denied his country's involvement in any hack. "We either reach an agreement and Qatar's behaviour changes, or Qatar makes its own bed and they can move on and we can move with a new relationship". "Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qaddafi... Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors", the statement said.

The hacking of Qatari media services in May saw the tiny Gulf state's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, quoted as praising Hamas and describing Iran as an "Islamic power".

Since June 5, Qatar has been under a land, sea and air blockade imposed by Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and Yemen, who accuse Doha of supporting terrorism.

Doha has continued to push with allegations on QNA hacking, but the publication of statements by the Emir of Qatar on more than one QNA-linked platform on social communication raises much doubt on the website's security being compromised.

Qatar said in late May that hackers had posted fake remarks by the emir, an explanation rejected by Gulf states.

Reports surfaced in the Washington Post on Sunday claiming that government officials in Abu Dhabi orchestrated the planting of a fabricated story in Qatari media on 24 May that contributed to the current political spat in the region.

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Officials also noted that it is not yet known whether or not the UAE committed the hack itself, or contracted another party to have them carried out.

He said: "The Washington Post story is not true".

USA investigators have been working in Doha to help the Qatari government investigate the alleged hack, according to Qatari and United States government officials.

"Tillerson's spokesperson has said that [Qatar-Gulf crisis negotiations] may be a long process to find any sort of common ground in resolving this conflict", said Zhou-Castro.

US President Donald Trump visited the region the next day, meeting with Gulf leaders in Riyadh, and the operation was put into action later the same day.

The report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place", it added.

"It's denial after denial after denial".

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