Threat Management, Threat Intelligence, Network Security

Al Jazeera sites being hacked, FBI assisting in investigation

An FBI team is onsite in Qatar following "systematic and continual hacking attempts" on the websites and other digital platforms of the Al Jazeera Media Network, according to a statement from the Qatar-based news organization.

The offensive campaign is employing several techniques and is gaining in intensity, although Al Jazeera said its platforms "have not been compromised."

The latest attacks follow on the heels of a series of attacks last month in which the Qatar News Agency, the state's official news agency, as well as a Twitter feed were defaced with statements erroneously attributed to the emir of Qatar and the nation's foreign minister, leading to conflict with several Arab Gulf states.

Following a request from the Qatari government, a team from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been assisting with the inquiry in Doha, the capital of Qatar.

Further information is promised from the foreign minister following the completion of the investigation, although no date was indicated. 

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