UAE Behind Qatar Hacks

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 17, 2017

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has denied that it was responsible for an alleged hacking of the Qatari state news agency and websites earlier this year.

The Post reported that US intelligence officials learned last week of newly analyzed information that showed that top UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred. "We either reach an agreement and Qatar's behaviour changes, or Qatar makes its own bed and they can move on and we can move with a new relationship. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas & Qadafi", he added, also saying that Qatar was "undermining the stability of its neighbors".

The hacked reports said Qatar's emir called Iran an "Islamic power", and heaped praise on Palestine's Hamas organization, among other controversial claims.

Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and allies in Egypt and Bahrain cut trade and political ties with Qatar on 5 June, claiming that Doha meddled in worldwide affairs and funded terrorist organisations.

Doha has continued to push with allegations on QNA hacking, but the publication of statements by the Emir of Qatar on more than one QNA-linked platform on social communication raises much doubt on the website's security being compromised.

"The Washington Post story is not true, purely not true", he said responding to a question after a speech at Chatham House in London.

The US sources alleged UAE officials had discussed the planned hacks on May 23, just days before they occurred, but added that it remained unclear whether the UAE carried out the hack itself or paid another entity to do so.

"Perhaps this will finally result in some movement".

While previous reports have cited United States officials claiming that Russian hackers were involved in the QNA incident, they were not explicitly tied to any of the four countries isolating Qatar.

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.

Jahshan said the revelations should have an effect on the mediation efforts, although the signs during the crisis so far have not been encouraging. His visit had yielded little except for a bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Qatar to fight "terrorism".

"We have some leads that there are some countries involved, part of them - they are part of the countries that will impose this blockade against Qatar", al Thani told CBS News in June.

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