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Qatar lashes out at UAE over QNA hacking

Qatar lashes out at UAE over QNA hacking

The development emerged hours after The Washington Post, citing unidentified us intelligence officials, reported that the UAE orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government websites in May to post pro-Iran comments that ultimately led to the feud. It added that the "crime" against its state news agency by a Gulf nation was a violation of global law.

The hack allegedly hit Qatar's official news agency website along with its Instagram and Twitter accounts, which posted stories in which the country's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, praised Iran as a force for stability, described Qatar's relations with Israel as good, and said there were tensions between his government and Trump. Previously, US media, citing the Federal Bureau of Investigation, blamed the attack on "Russian hackers". The objective of the hacking was to embed false news stories of an incendiary nature that led to the current Gulf crisis. The officials said it isn't clear whether the UAE carried out the hack itself or got someone else to do it.

U.S. intelligence agencies declined to comment.

Speaking at the Chatham House global affairs think tank in London, Mr Gargash repeated claims - denied by Qatar - that the country funds extremists.

The United Arab Emirates hacked web sites in nearby Qatar, prompting the feud among several Gulf states that's almost two months old with no sign of a resolution, The Washington Post reported.

A banner aired on CNN bluntly stated that "Russians planted false story behind new Mideast crisis", citing sources.

Over the past few months, emails of the UAE ambassador have been leaked to the media by a group called "GlobalLeaks".

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The cyber campaign ultimately resulted to a rupture in ties between Doha and five of its Gulf Arab neighbors led by Saudi Arabia.

The countries issued the 13-point list of demands on June 22, giving Qatar 10 days to respond.

Doha rejected the demands, which included shutting down the broadcaster Al Jazeera, removing Turkish troops from Qatar's soil, scaling back cooperation with Iran and ending ties with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement.

In general, it's unclear what the Trump administration's policy is on the crisis.

"We need a regional solution and worldwide monitoring", said Mr Gargash in London on Monday.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Thursday returned to the United States from his shuttle diplomacy in the Gulf region to try to resolve the dispute.

It comes amid a flurry of diplomatic activity between Moscow, Doha and Riyadh, with a state visit to Russian Federation by the Saudi king expected soon.


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