UAE denies hacking Qatar news agency

Postado Julho 17, 2017

A cyber attack on Qatar at the end of May, in which news and social media web sites carried false quotes attributed to Qatar's emir Sheik Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, was orchestrated by neighbouring United Arab Emirates, according to USA intelligence.

That came after Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, was quoted online calling Iran - a key rival to Saudi Arabia - an Islamic power and describing Qatari relations with Israel as good.

The controversy started on May 23, when alleged hackers reportedly posted fake remarks on Qatar's official media platform criticising United States foreign policy and attributing the statement to the country's emir.

UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash also rejected the article as "purely not true", and denied that his country was behind the alleged cyber attack, which sparked a diplomatic rift between Doha and its neighbors.

The Washington Post reported that U.S. intelligence officials learned last week of newly analysed information that showed that senior UAE government officials discussed the planned hacking on May 23, the day before it occurred. He said that the story "will die" in the next few days.

The four Arab states accuse Qatar of ties to Iran and of funding Islamist extremist groups. However, the remarks were reported across the region and caused a stir.

The Washington Post cited unidentified USA intelligence officials as saying they had learned last week of newly analysed information showing that top UAE officials had discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred. Qatar has previously asked United States and British officials to investigate the source of the hack.

The UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt responded by blocking Qatari media.

"You can not be both our friend and a friend of al-Qaeda", he said, repeating allegations - denied by Qatar - that the country funds extremists.

"What we really do want is we either reach an agreement and Qatar's behaviour changes, or Qatar makes it own bed and they can move on and we can move with a new relationship".

But, he added, the four states would not escalate the boycott by asking companies to choose between doing business with them or with Qatar. Instead, he said the quartet meant to put the issue on the back burner to focus on trying to resolve the crises in Libya and Yemen.