MOI reveals preliminary results of QNA website hacking investigation

The Ministry of the Interior issued a statement about the preliminary results of ongoing investigations into hacking of the Qatar News Agency website and its accounts on social networking sites.

The investigation team confirmed that the hacking operation used high technology and innovative methods by exploiting a cyber-bug in the website of the Qatar News Agency. The investigation team was able to identify the sources through which the cyber-attack was carried out. The evidences are being analyzed to ensure legal and judicial prosecution of the perpetrators. The team confirmed that the hacking file was installed in month of April, which was later exploited to disseminate the fabricated news on 24 May 2017 at 12:13 am.

The Ministry of the Interior confirmed that, in light of the transparency and clarity on the part of the State of Qatar and to reveal those responsible for this subversive action, all the results of the investigation will be presented at a press conference to be convened by the Ministry of Interior immediately after the team completed the entire investigation.

The Ministry of the Interior expressed its thanks and appreciation for the fruitful cooperation of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the British National Commission for Combating Crime (NCA) for their cooperation in the ongoing investigations, which were part of the cooperation agreements signed between the State of Qatar and the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

Source: Ministry of Interior