Qatar-based media company Al Jazeera said on Thursday that hackers were attempting to compromise its websites and digital platforms.
The company didn’t say who was behind the attempted attacks or where they originated, but said the moves were gaining in intensity and “taking various forms”, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The disclosure by the state-backed network came days after a group of countries including Saudi Arabia and the UAE cut diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar, accusing the small Arab Gulf state of supporting terrorist groups and meddling in their affairs.
Doha has dismissed the charges as baseless.
Qatar’s rivals have long demanded the closure of Al Jazeera, which they see as a mouthpiece for policies they reject.
Despite its small size, Qatar has tried to position itself as a mediator in some of the Middle East’s most complex conflicts, but its hosting of Islamist groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood has rankled some of its neighbors, the Journal noted.
Officials from those countries have also signaled they want Qatar to curb the Al Jazeera cable news channel over coverage they say is biased against them.
Qatar’s foreign minister on Thursday said the country is prepared to address specific allegations against it, but that it will not bow to pressure to change its foreign policy.
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