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Qatar's Al-Jazeera says battling cyber attack

Qatar's Al-Jazeera says battling cyber attack Qatar's Al-Jazeera says battling cyber attack
Christy Curtis | 09 June, 2017, 03:30

Following the initial reports of a cyber attack, some viewers in the region said they could no longer receive Al-Jazeera television.

Qatar-based Al Jazeera News Network reported repeated cyberattacks on all of their media platforms Thursday. The attackers also targeted Al Jazeera's accounts on platforms like Twitter and Facebook, although there's no indication any accounts were compromised.

"An attempt has been made, and we are trying to battle it", said the source.

It comes amid a diplomatic crisis with Qatar, which other Arab states accuse of having ties with terrorism.

And Qatar (backed by US media citing Federal Bureau of Investigation officials) claims that the whole mess began after a hack of a Qatari news agency to plant what Doha called a fake story about the Qatari leader's views on Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel.

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Last April Qatar National Bank, the largest lender in the Middle East and Africa by assets, suffered a security breach and data was posted online revealing the names and passwords of a large number of customers.

"All this talk about Jazeera interfering in other countries' affairs is nonsense".

Al Jazeera, one of the largest news organizations in the world, has always been a source of conflict between Qatar and its neighbors who accuse the network of bias. "We don't interfere in anybody's business, we just report", he told Reuters in his office at the network's headquarters in Qatar's capital.

The network tweeted about the attack Thursday, three days after Saudi Arabia and its allies severed ties with Qatar and cut off land, sea and air routes to the Gulf nation. Reporters broke with a widespread taboo of the Arab news media by interviewing Israeli officials.

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