Al Jazeera Network claims to have thwarted a cyberattack aimed at gaining access to, disrupting,controlling news platforms
Al Jazeera, a pan-Arab satellite network, said it had been the target of repeated hacking attempts in recent days, but that the cyber attack on Qatar’s main station had been thwarted.
From last Saturday through Tuesday, Al Jazeera’s websites and platforms were subjected to “continuous electronic assault aimed at accessing, disrupting, and controlling certain of the news platforms,” the network claimed in a statement.
“Al Jazeera’s service provider was able to monitor and fend off all hacking assaults, preventing them from achieving their objectives,” it claimed in a statement released late Wednesday.
It said the attacks peaked on Sunday, just before a video on Al Jazeera’s Arabic YouTube channel that supposedly detailed indirect conversations between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas and contained a voice recording supposedly of an Israeli-held prisoner in Gaza.
When contacted by Reuters early on Thursday, Al Jazeera had no immediate reaction.
Many in the region consider the Qatar-funded channel’s coverage of Middle East affairs to be inflammatory, and it was one of the elements that caused four Arab states to boycott Qatar in 2017.
After Qatar’s national news agency QNA was hacked, Al Jazeera faced a large-scale cyberattack ahead of the embargo.
Last January, Saudi Arabia, and its allies proclaimed the conclusion of the blockade, in which the boycotting countries accused Qatar of sponsoring terrorism, something it denies.