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FILE -- In this Nov. 1, 2006 file photo, a Qatari employee of Al Jazeera Arabic language TV news channel walks past the logo of Al Jazeera in Doha, Qatar. Hackers allegedly broke into the website of Qatar's state-run news agency and published a fake story quoting the ruling emir, authorities there said Wednesday, May 24, 2017, as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates responded by blocking Qatari media, including broadcaster Al-Jazeera. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

Al Jazeera said that it is under cyberattack


Qatar-backed news outlet Al Jazeera announced today that its site is being hit with "systematic and continual hacking attempts," reports USA Today.

Al Jazeera's digital platforms remain running, but attempts to hack them were increasing in both frequency and intensity.

U.S. authorities believe the source of the attacks is Russia. They had been sent to Doha to determine how a story about the emir of Qatar praising Israel and Iran and criticizing President Donald Trump. 

Al Jazeera publishes in multiple languages and became an important source of information during the 2011 Arab Spring revolutions. 

The organization had opened an American wing, but it recently shut down after the company was dogged by reports of sexual harassment, journalistic bias, and a "culture of fear." 

The media organization has been the source of some recent diplomatic controversy. 

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