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Al Jazeera said that it is under cyberattack

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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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