Five people suspected of hacking Qatar’s official state news agency have recently been detained in Turkey, authorities have announced.
Speaking to QNA, Attorney General Dr. Ali bin Fetais al Marri said:
“Our friends in Turkey answered us a short time ago. Five people were arrested and they are being investigated. The prosecutors in Qatar are working with the Turkish authorities to follow this case.”
The hack took place in May which is said to have triggered the Qatar crisis imposed by Sauidi Arabia and its allies. During the time of the leak, QNA published fake news attributed to Qatar’s Emir, including offensive remarks about the country’s neighbors.
No details were provided about the detainees’ nationalities or backgrounds.
The Ministry of Interior said last month that the cyber attack originated from the UAE.
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One official added at the time that the hack “was so professional that it had to have ‘state resources’ behind it.”
US intelligence officials also supported this claim, but UAE has denied it.