UAE denies hacking Qatari news agency

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

The United Arab Emirates arranged for Qatari government social media and news sites to be hacked in late May in order to post fiery but false quotes linked to Qatar's emir, prompting a diplomatic crisis, the Washington Post reported on Sunday, citing us intelligence officials.

Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed sanctions on Doha on June 5, including closing its only land border, denying Qatar access to their airspace and ordering their citizens back from the emirate.

The comments prompted the Saudi-led bloc to ban all Qatari media before ultimately severing ties with Doha.

"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article", the statement said.

The UAE's government has denied any involvement in the hacking but the allegations from a respected newspaper with impeccable intelligence sources spell trouble for the coalition against Qatar.

According to intelligence officials, the working theory since the attacks was reported has been that the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt or a combination of these countries were involved in orchestrating the hacks.

Qatari government spokesperson Sheikh Saif Bin Ahmed Al-Thani said at the time the postings were false and the result of a hack by an "unknown entity".

The United Arab Emirates warned Qatar on Monday it could not belong to the Gulf Cooperation Council if it undermined regional security, calling for a "change of behaviour" but not "regime change".

A CNN report titled, "US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis", citing anonymous USA officials, claimed that intelligence gathered as part of an FBI investigation into the hack indicated that unnamed Russian hackers could be behind the intrusion.

Swiss news network The Local said a fake news story quoting Federation Internationale de Football Association president Gianni Infantino had been posted on a copycat website on Saturday.

"The Washington Post story today that we actually hacked the Qataris is also not true", he told the London-based think-tank Chatham House. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gaddafi. Global allies such as the United States are anxious that the row could affect coalition counter-terrorism efforts against Isis.

Mr Gargash called for "a regional solution and worldwide monitoring" to solve the Gulf crisis.

Yet the UAE would not escalate its boycott by asking companies to choose between doing business with it or with Qatar, he added.

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