Qatar News Agency hacked, fake story with made-up comments from HH The Emir posted

Qatar News Agency hacked, fake story with made-up comments from HH The Emir posted

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By QLReporter

In an age when cyber terrorism is growing by leaps and bounds, Qatar has been keeping a keen vigil to minimize the damage.

However, sometimes, cyber attacks do get through and Tuesday night was one such incident. Unknown entities hacked into the site of the Qatar News Agency (QNA) and posted a fake news article with made-up comments from HH The Emir, reported Reuters.

The fake report, which was since removed, reported remarks purportedly by HH The Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani criticising aspects of US foreign policy in the wake of US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia.

Qatar’s government communications office flat out denied the report and said QNA had been hacked.

“QNA website has been hacked by an unknown entity. A false statement attributed to His Highness has been published. An ongoing investigation will be put in place to look into this matter. The statement published has no basis whatsoever, and the competent authorities in the State of Qatar will hold all those (involved) accountable,” it said.

The false report, which said HH The Emir had spoken at a military graduation ceremony, cited him as being critical of renewed tensions with Gulf Arab adversary Iran.

A government spokesman told Reuters the Emir had attended a graduation ceremony for Qataris doing national service, “however, he did not make any speech or give any statements.”

It appears the QNA website is down at the time of writing this report. It is not clear whether it has been taken down for maintenance after the hack.

Meanwhile, QNA, on its Twitter account, tried to clear the air.

By pioneerpec• 25 May 2017 11:54
pioneerpec

What if both the source are hacked. Never trust any news

By Adolf alexander• 24 May 2017 13:32
Adolf alexander

The fake report, which was since expelled, announced comments purportedly by HH The Emir Sheik Tamim container Hamad Al Thani reprimanding parts of US remote arrangement in the wake of US President Donald Trump's visit to Saudi Arabia. www.researchpaperlabs.com

By britexpat• 24 May 2017 08:57
britexpat

This is why its good to never take a story from one source at face value. Always double check - especially before responding

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