Preliminary investigation revealed that the state news Agency of Qatar really was hacked, resulting in the website published false statements attributed to the Emir of the country, which sparked a diplomatic dispute between the Emirate and other countries. This was stated yesterday in the Qatari foreign Ministry, according to Reuters.
As noted in the Department, “the investigation team confirmed that the illegal actions were carried out with the use of high technologies and innovative methods using electronic loopholes on the website of the news Agency of Qatar (Qatar News Agency; QNA. – Approx. NEWSru.com)”. Exactly who could carry out a cyber attack, the Ministry said.
Qatar’s foreign Ministry also thanked the Federal Bureau of investigation, the U.S. and the UK National Agency for combating crime for cooperation in the investigation. But the details in the Agency did not disclose.
Meanwhile, U.S. military officials told Reuters on condition of anonymity that the Americans are very important air base El Udeid in Qatar. It is necessary for departure of the US air force against Iranian paramilitaries and Iranian-backed forces fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the civil war in Syria.
The day before, CNN reported, citing us officials, which, according to US intelligence, the Qatari state news Agency hacked by Russian hackers and published on its website a fake message from the Emir of the country. The channel sources claimed that Doha had already arrived a group of FBI agents to assist the authorities of Qatar to help in the investigation of cyberincidents.
However, in Moscow, these accusations are rejected. The special envoy of the President on cyber security Andrey Krutskikh called reports of the involvement of Russian hackers for the situation around Qatar trivial and unproven. The Russian Embassy in Qatar, said Qatari authorities had not officially contacted the Embassy on this issue.
However, one of the employees of U.S. intelligence told Reuters that although Russia
have experience and incentive to sow discord among Arab States – allies of the United States, the Russian hackers can hire other state and criminal groups.
The Emir of Kuwait visited Qatar as a mediator in conflict resolution
The night before the Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah arrived in Qatar to mediate to help end the crisis between the Arab countries, AP reports. He was met with Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani. In a statement, the Qatari foreign Ministry about the meeting said that the two leaders held talks on how to “restore normal relations” in the Persian Gulf, since Qatar, the host country of world Cup 2022 and the international center of air transportation, now isolated on earth, in the air and at sea. The day before the Emir of Kuwait visited Saudi Arabia.
Monday, June 5, Bahrain, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya’s interim government, the Republic of Maldives and Republic of Mauritius announced the rupture of diplomatic relations with Qatar because of the support of the Emirate of terrorism, extremist ideology hostile policy and intervention in the Affairs of Arab States.
On Tuesday they were joined by Mauritania. Jordan also said that reduces the level of its diplomatic representation in Qatar and revokes the license of the local branch of Qatari TV channel Al Jazeera. On the eve of the rupture of diplomatic relations with Qatar reported and Comoros.
All these States have announced the adoption of a number of measures against Qatar, including the expulsion of diplomats and citizens of the country, the cessation of Maritime and air transport, stop banking operations. In Doha, such actions are called unreasonable, and the prosecution – are unfounded. The foreign Ministry of Qatar saidthat the state is struggling with the problem of international terrorism, and not sponsoring extremists.
The rupture of diplomatic relations was preceded by the scandalous episode. Night, may 23 on the website of the news Agency of Qatar was posted the speech on behalf of the country’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, in which he expressed his support for Iran and Hamas, and also admitted that Donald trump will leave the post of President of the United States prematurely.
Then the official representative the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Qatar, said that the Agency website was hacked. He assured that the speech on behalf of the Emir were published by the hackers and has nothing to do with the Qatari leader. However, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain considered the rebuttal unconvincing and continue to believe that the words on the normalization of relations with Iran belong to the Emir.