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Qatar Blames Hackers in UAE for Creating Crisis


Ministry of Interior of Qatar confirms that experts are having evidence proving the cyberattack on the official media of the country originated from the UAE. Officials said in one news conference, on Thursday, in Doha, that the planning to hack QNA (Qatar News Agency) began as early as Apr.


Investigators also apparently have traced the Internet Protocol (IP) address that was linked to this hacking to the United Arab Emirates.


Captain Othman Salem al-Hamoud while speaking to the Al Jazeera, said that the quality and level of hacking was so professional that it must have a backing of "state resources."


Officials did not name who was responsible for this hacking, they mostly referred to the IP addresses of "siege countries." However, they confirmed that this attack "originated in the UAE."


Ejinsight.com posted on July 21st, 2017, stating that the Journal noted it was 1st time when Qatar tied false reports to United Arab Emirates, suggesting that Doha has reasons of believing Abu Dhabi might have intentionally orchestrated this hacking as a ploy to take steps for isolating the country.


Qatari officials straightaway dismissed posted remarks as incorrect, when the cyberattack has taken place. However, neighboring countries had doubts that Qatar was hacked in first instance, and has taken the statements in its face value.


The Egypt, UAE, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia severed the diplomatic ties with Qatar last month, showing its support for the Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as its secret ties with the terror groups such as Al Qaeda. The 4 countries have issued a demands list, which was rejected by Doha.


Qatar has constantly denied backing the extremists, although it maintains that it has freedom of pursuing one independent foreign policy.


Washington Post, early this month, citing the Intelligence Officials of US, has reported that UAE might be behind this hack. However, Anwar Gargash, UAE foreign affairs State Minister, dismissed the report as "purely not true".


Last month, one CNN report stated that Intelligence Officials of US believe that Russian hackers have planted an untrue news story, which has led to Gulf dispute. However, the report was denied by Moscow.


As per Qatar, the agents of FBI are helping Doha to investigate the origin of this alleged hack.

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