ISTANBUL – Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based media network, says it is “under cyberattack,” amid an ongoing diplomatic crisis between Doha and other Arab states in the region.
“Al Jazeera media platforms under cyberattack. Entire Doha-based network undergoing ‘continual hacking attempts,'” the network said on its English language new channel’s Twitter feed.
Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen and Mauritania announced this week they were cutting diplomatic ties and closing borders with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism and backing Iran.
Cyber activities have played a role leading up to the crisis, with Qatar saying remarks attributed to its leader that angered neighbouring nations were placed on its national news wire by hackers and were not true.
There have also been leaks of emails of an ambassador from the United Arab Emirates, which is a key player on the Saudi side. -DPA