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Qatar accuses 'neighbours' of hacking attack on state media that led to row

Qatar's Attorney General says cyber attack emanated from those countries 'responsible for siege'

AFP | PTI  |  Doha 

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on Wednesday accused the "neighbouring countries" that have cut ties with of being responsible for the alleged attack on state media which began the current

Attorney General Ali bin Fetais Al-Marri said the case "is very clear" that the emanated from "countries responsible for the siege".

"We have evidence to show that originating from the countries laying siege to us have been used in this hacking," said Marri.

"We have enough evidence to point the finger of blame at these countries."

Marri, speaking in Arabic, did not name specific countries.

But when pressed to be more specific he said "neighbouring countries".

On June 5, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and other allies severed all links with over accusations that supports extremism -- a claim it denies.

An alleged hack of the News Agency website on May 24 attributed explosive remarks to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

The remarks covered sensitive political subjects such as Iran, Palestinian Hamas, Israel and the

They were quickly seized on by news organisations outside Qatar, but said they were false.

The subsequent inquiry into the hack used investigators from the

One report claimed that Russian hackers were responsible, a claim denied in Moscow.

First Published: Wed, June 21 2017. 10:16 IST