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Qatar releases initial report into alleged hack – AP

Qatar has released an initial report into the alleged cyber attack on its state-owned news agency, an incident that triggered the country's diplomatic crisis with the neighboring Arab nations, The Associated Press (AP) reported.

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The Qatari Interior Ministry said late Wednesday that the website of the Qatar News Agency was initially hacked in April with "high techniques and innovative methods," AP wrote.

It said hackers installed a file and then published a fake news item attributed to Qatar's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, just after midnight May 24.

U.S. suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis - CNNThe alleged fake news item, which had Sheikh Tamim making controversial comments on Iran and Israel, immediately was picked up by Saudi and Emirati media, laying the groundwork for the crisis that began Monday.

The ministry did not say who it suspected carried out the attack. It also thanked the FBI and the British National Commission for Combating Crime for assisting it in its investigation.

Tags: Qatar, hacking, crisis, investigation

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