Qatar announced that cyber attackers allegedly hacked the country’s national news agency website, 24th May, 2017 and posted one false story containing controversial comments by the emir in reign. Consequent of the false story, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia reacted to suspend Qatari media, especially Al-Jazeera the broadcaster.
It’s apparent from the infiltration that suspicions and tensions continue among Qatar -its conservative rulers maintaining intense connections with the Muslim Brotherhood, and Saudi Arabia and UAE -both banning the group.
Qatar’s national TV channel has broadcasted comments by Tamim in its news bulletin, a couple of hours prior to airing the news of the website hack. Qatar’s news agency posted Tamim’s sayings in Arabic on the agency’s Instagram A/C. Significantly, the Instagram A/C, which’s linked with the Facebook A/C, is nearly impossible for compromising.
The said infiltration took place on the morning of May 24 and even after several hours Qatari news agency website wasn’t online. The false tale contained Sheikh Tamim’s quotations like Iran was certain “Islamic power” as well as that Qatar had “good” understanding with Israel which was stated in a military function.
Qatar’s national TV channel showed online footage of its night news aired on May 23 that contained Sheikh Tamim’s video clips while he was attending the function wherein the remarks weren’t directly mentioned via the anchor but the alleged false comments were visible at the screen’s lower region. The comments included describing Hamas as Palestinian people’s lawful representative, and stating that Qatar maintained sturdy relationships with USA and Iran. Worldpoliticsreview.com posted this, May 24, 2017.
In statements by Qatar, hackers at the foremost published one false story on Qatar News Agency’s online site around 12:15 a.m. which contained remarks wrongly attributed to Qatar’s Emir telling that efforts for confronting Iran was erroneous. After that the hackers compromised the Twitter A/C of Qatari news agency for declaring that Qatar would discontinue deputing ambassadors to Egypt and other Gulf nations.
Media of Dubai and Saudi Arabia picked up the reports before they were deleted. UAE and Saudi regulators subsequently blocked access to Qatar’s websites, as per Al Arabiya TV channel of Saudi.