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Monday, 17 July 2017 14:45

UAE says report that it was behind Qatari cyber hack is "false"

Written by  CBS News

The ambassador to UAE pronounced a news report asserting that UAE was responsible for hacking Qatari government sites "false."

"The UAE had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article," Ambassador Yousef al-Otaiba's statement said.

"What is true is Qatar's behavior. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Qadafi. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors."

According the Washington Post, U.S. intelligence officials concluded United Arab Emirates arranged the cyber attack of Qatar's state-run news and social media sites, sparking a rift between Qatar and its neighbors in the Arab region.

On Monday, Qatar pointed to the Washington Post's report accusing UAE as conclusive, saying in a statement that the story, "which revealed the involvement of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and senior Emirati officials in the hacking of Qatar News Agency, unequivocally proves that this hacking crime took place." It went on to call the act "a clear violation and breach of international law and of the bilateral and collective agreements" between the members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Qatar's investigation, according to the statement, is ongoing.

The Post said officials became aware of the UAE's role in the hack after newly analyzed information gathered by members of the U.S.

Read more at CBS News

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