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UAE ( Not Russia) ‘hacked’ Qatari government social media and news sites to plant fake news

Published: July 17, 2017
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Source: Express UK

The emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, had been quoted in May as praising Hamas and saying that Iran was an “Islamic power,” the Post reported. 

In response, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain cut diplomatic and transport ties with Qatar on June 5, accusing it of supporting terrorism. 

Qatar said in late May that hackers had posted fake remarks by the emir, an explanation rejected by Gulf states. 

The Post reported that US intelligence officials learned last week of newly analysed information that showed that top UAE government officials discussed the planned hacks on May 23, the day before they occurred. 

The officials said it was unclear if the UAE hacked the websites or paid for them to be carried out, the newspaper reported.

The Post did not identify the intelligence officials it spoke to for the report. 

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