Qatar: QNA hacking linked to countries boycotting Doha

Qatar: QNA hacking linked to countries boycotting Doha

Qatar's Attorney General says evidence shows cyberattack on state-run news agency is linked to states that cut ties with Qatar.
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Qatar says it has proof that the recent hacking of its state-run news agency and government social media accounts, which set into motion a major diplomatic crisis in the region, is linked to countries that have recently cut ties with it.

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic relations and cut off land, air and sea links with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting "terrorism" and advancing the agenda of their regional rival, Iran. Doha strongly denies the charges.

"Qatar has evidence that certain iPhones originating from countries laying siege to Qatar were used in the hack," Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri, Qatar's attorney general, told reporters in the capital, Doha, on Tuesday.

He said it was too early to explicitly name the countries responsible for the hacking and declined to comment when he was asked if individuals or states were behind it.

US and European officials have said that while US government agencies and experts were convinced that Qatar News Agency (QNA) and the Qatari government's Twitter feed were hacked on May 23, they have not yet determined who was behind it.

 

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