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Al Jazeera Media Under ‘Systematic and Continual’ Cyberattack

Network intrusion

Al Jazeera Media Network platforms remain operational despite “undergoing systematic and continual hacking attempts,” the company said Thursday.

The network said the attacks on its various web and digital platforms vary in form and intensity, but so far haven’t been compromised.

The incident follows a June 5 decision of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar because of alleged ties to extremist groups and too cozy relationship with Iran.

It's the second Qatar-based media company to report attacks in recent weeks. Qatar News Agency on May 24 reported hackers posted fabricated quotes attributed to Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani widely reported across the region. The FBI, who helped with the investigation of QNA, attributed the attack to Russian “freelancers,” hired hackers paid by people or another nation, The Guardian reported.    

The diplomatic crisis could impact the U.S. military's largest base in the region, Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

sector

Media

reported

June 8, 2017

reported by

Al Jazeera

number affected

Unknown

location of breach

Qatar

perpetrators

Unknown

location of perpetrators

Unknown

date breach occurred

June 08, 2017

date breach detected

June 08, 2017