Published: Tue, July 18, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Qatar hits out at UAE over government websites 'hack'

Qatar hits out at UAE over government websites 'hack'

The report "unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place", it added. Qatar strongly denies the allegations.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Monday denied reports that it was behind a series of hacks that sparked regional discord that isolated Qatar from its neighbors.

In an interview, Mohammed Cherkaoui, professor on conflict resolution at George Mason University, said the new Washington Post "bombshell" shows that the Gulf crisis "is moving from one escalation to another".

The UAE government has responded by describing the Washington Post article as "false".

The Washington Post's story cited unnamed U.S. intelligence officials as saying newly-analysed information confirmed that on 23 May senior members of the UAE government had discussed a plan to hack Qatari state media sites.

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The report particularly said senior UAE officials discussed hacking the QNA on-air text-ticker as well as social media.

The cyberattack saw the broadcast of fake news claiming that the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, among other things, had called Iran an "Islamic power" and praised Hamas.

The report did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report.

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

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Qatar's antagonists accuse it of supporting terrorism and giving a home to extremists inciting violence and radicalisation.

"What we know now is that Qatar is admitting that the list is worthy, that the list needs to be looked at, and that they need to change some of their laws to ensure that there is a proper process to cover this list", he said.

In June, Qatar said its "neighbouring countries" were linked to the attacks.

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

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