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Russian Federation denies reports of hacking Qatar's state news agency

Christy Curtis | 09 June, 2017, 02:39

According to officials who spoke to CNN, the Federal Bureau of Investigation team who went to investigate the breach in Doha confirmed that Russian hackers were behind the violation.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia announced that it would cutting diplomatic ties to Qatar, leading a collection of the oil-rich peninsula country's closest neighbors - Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen - in a regional economic shutout. "It's a stale claim and as ever there is zero evidence, and conclusions are drawn before the incident is even investigated", he said.

The FBI and British authorities are now investigating the alleged hack and results could come as soon as this week.

Qatar has strongly denied supporting terrorism and has condemned the move, largely spearheaded by Saudi Arabia, to isolate it.

In an exclusive Tuesday, CNN reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had determined that Russian hackers had breached Qatar's state news agency and planted fake stories.

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India and Pakistan have already fought three wars since they gained independence from Britain in 1947. He said that India is using Afghan soil against Pakistan and is also sabotaging Pak-Afghan relations.

State-linked media in the region ignored Qatar's denial and continued to report the comments.

Qatar, which hosts one of the biggest US military bases in the Middle East, is in the midst of the biggest diplomatic row to hit the Gulf in years after eight Arab nations severed ties over what they say is Qatar's support for terrorism, a claim Doha says is "baseless".

Putin had a telephone conversation with the emir of Qatar Tuesday, urging dialogue. Peskov, the Kremlin spokesman, said the allegations of Russian hacking weren't discussed.

CNN reports that USA officials were briefed on an FBI investigation into the alleged hacking, which the Qatari government first reported about two weeks ago.

Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy chairman of the foreign affairs committee at the upper chamber of parliament, on Wednesday dismissed the accusations as "an attempt to push the US against Russian Federation as key players in the Middle East". "Not much happens without the blessing of the government", an unidentified USA official told the broadcaster, pointing out that there would be little difference in who conducted the alleged hack.

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