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Qatar FM vows legal action over QNA hacking

Qatar FM vows legal action over QNA hacking
From Al Jazeera - January 11, 2018

An investigation into the hacking of the state-run Qatar News Agency (QNA) website has revealed the involvement of two nations blockading Doha, Qatar's foreign minister has said, as he vowed legal action.

In an interview on Qatar TV on Wednesday, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said a probe that began in May provided evidence that two countries were involved in the hacking of the country's state news agency website and its social media accounts,but did not specify any names.

On May 23, 2017, alleged hackers reportedly posted fake remarks on Qatar'sofficial media platform criticising US foreign policy and attributing the statement to the country's emir.

Following the publication of the stories, Saudi Arabia and the UAE blocked the Qatar-based websites includingAl Jazeera, and later led a group of Arab countries including Bahrain and Egypt in cutting diplomatic and trade ties with Doha.

In the articles, Qatar's Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani was quoted as cautioning against confrontation with Iran, as well as defending the Palestinian group Hamas and Hezbollah, a Lebanese Shia movement allied with Tehran.

Qatar's government has categorically denied posting the comments.

"The state of Qatar does not rely on leaks or news stories that do not bear evidence about the state that committed the crime of hacking and the investigation proved that the two states were involved in the crime," said Al Thani.

Qatar's government has previously said that that there was proof the QNA hacking was linked to the blockading nations.

Doha also accused the UAE of violating international law after reports suggested that Abu Dhabi orchestrated the hacking.

Qatar sought the help of theUS Federal Bureau of Investigationto investigate the source of the cyberattack.

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