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US intel officials suspect Russian hackers planted fake news that led to Qatar's isolation


U.S. intelligence officials believe that Russian hackers may have planted a false news story that led to the severing of diplomatic ties between Qatar and other Sunni Islam nations, according to CNN

In early May, the Qatar News Agency quoted the country's ruler, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, praising Israel and Iran and criticizing President Trump. New evidence suggests this news agency was hacked. An FBI team was sent to investigate and confirmed that Russian hackers were behind the report. 

“Whatever has been thrown as an accusation is all based on... fabricated news,” said Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulrahman al-Than. 

The Kremlin has denied such accusations, saying that such accusations are beginning to become tiresome. 

"As ever there is zero evidence, and conclusions are drawn before the incident is even investigated,” said Andrei Krutskikh, a Kremlin advisor on cybersecurity. 

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