Not 'Russian hackers'? WaPo report accuses UAE of orchestrating Qatar media hack

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 18, 2017

"The information published in the Washington Post on 16 July 2017, which revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates. and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of Qatar News Agency, unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place", a Qatari government statement said.

The officials said it was unclear if the UAE hacked the websites or paid for it to be carried out, the newspaper reported. The Post did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report.

While there is similarly no verifiable proof in the Sunday report by Washington Post, it also cites a recent leak of the UAE's ambassador's emails, released by the GlobalLeaks hacking group.

"What is true is Qatar's behavior". Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gaddafi. "Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbours", Yousef al-Otaiba wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani and Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The comments sparked a series of events that led to the region's diplomatic crisis. The false reports said that the emir, among other things, had called Iran an "Islamic power" and praised Hamas, The Washington Post reported.

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.

"This is our message: You can not be part of a regional organisation dedicated to strengthening mutual security and furthering mutual interest and at the same time undermine that security", he said. Among the steps being considered is worldwide monitoring in the deadlock between Qatar and the Arab countries boycotting it.

Qatar has repeatedly accused its neighbors of the hack and claimed that it had evidence.

A spokesman for the Qatari Embassy in Washington responded by pointing to a month-old statement by that government's attorney general Ali Bin Fetais al-Marri, "Qatar has evidence that certain iPhones originating from countries laying siege to Qatar were used in the hack", the Washington Post reported.

Intelligence officials said their working theory since the Qatar hacks has been that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt or some combination of those countries were involved.

Qatari officials said the agency had been hacked by an "unknown entity" and that the story had "no basis whatsoever".

The UAE is seeking a regional solution for the Qatar crisis, while consulting with worldwide partners on ways to resolve Arab concerns about Doha's links to extremist and terror groups.

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