US intelligence agencies suspect that the hacking of the Qatar state news Agency (QNA), whose publication of false statements by the Emir of Qatar Tamim al-Thani has provoked a crisis in relations between Doha and several Arab countries, carried out by Russian hackers. On Tuesday, June 6, CNN television reported, citing sources familiar with the investigation.
According to the TV station, the goal of the cyber attack was «to provoke disagreement between the United States and its allies.»
«The alleged actions of Russian hackers reinforce the concern of law enforcement and intelligence due to the fact that Russia continues to try to implement the same measures of cyberslam against the allies which, according to intelligence agencies, she used to interfere in the elections of 2016», – quotes the message of the TV channel «Interfax».
To investigate the cyber attacks in Qatar, where is situated the region’s largest base of the US army, arrived employees of FBI.
We will remind, on may 24, the state press service of Qatar reported that unknown hackers managed to hack website of the official news agencies and post it on the statement allegedly made by Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani.
Published by the Agency «statement» addressed issues of regional policy. The Emir said that good relations with Israel will help Qatar to play an important role in the Palestinian-Israeli peace settlement. He also said that Iran is a stabilizing factor in regional politics, and Hamas is a legitimate representative of the Palestinian people. In addition, the Sheikh attributed the phrase, according to which we should not pay attention to the establishment of relations with the administration of Donald trump in connection with the ongoing investigation against her.
Many of the media managed to spread this message as genuine speech of the Emir. Special commotion the publication caused in Saudi Arabia. Emerging in the Kingdom, the newspaper «Okaz» has accused the Emir of threatening Arab unity and rapprochement with the Iranian enemy.
June 5, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, Eastern Libya, the Maldives and Mauritius announced the severance of diplomatic relations with Qatar. Doha accused of terrorist financing, cooperation with Iran and attempts to interfere in the internal Affairs of Arab countries.