Al-Jazeera says battling cyber attack
08 Jun 2017 - 20:34
Staff work inside the headquarters of Al Jazeera Network, in Doha, Qatar June 8, 2017. REUTERS/Naseem Zeitoon
Doha: Qatar-based broadcaster Al-Jazeera said Thursday that it was under a widescale cyber attack which had targeted "all systems", according to a statement released on social media by the broadcaster.
"Al Jazeera Media Network under cyber attack on all systems, websites & social media platforms," it said on Twitter.
The attack was also confirmed by a source at Al-Jazeera, who said the broadcaster was attempting to repel the hack.
"An attempt has been made, and we are trying to battle it," said the source.
Following the initial reports of a cyber attack, some viewers in the region said they could no longer receive Al-Jazeera television.
Al Jazeera's English- and Arabic-language channels and its websites appeared to be still functioning on Thursday after the network tweeted it was "under cyber attack on all systems,
websites & social media platforms".
A later tweet said Doha-based media platforms were undergoing "continual hacking attempts".
The alleged cyber attack comes during a time of heightened tensions in the Gulf, which has seen Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Bahrain and other allies cut ties with Qatar.
Last month Qatar state news agency website was hacked by unknown parties who posted fake statements attributed to the Emir.
Earlier this month, Qatar said the FBI was helping it investigate the source of hacking of Qatar News Agency (QNA) website.
Yesterday the Ministry of the Interior had announced the preliminary results of ongoing investigations into the hacking of QNA websites and social media handles
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