In late May, Qatari government websites were infiltrated by hackers as part of a plan orchestrated by the United Arab Emirates shortly before the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt cut diplomatic ties with the country, U.S. intelligence officials told The Washington Post Sunday. It is unclear if the UAE hacked the sites on its own or contracted the task out to someone else. On May 24, a story appeared on the Qatar News Agency's website that included fake quotes attributed to Qatar's emir that were pro-Iran and Hamas. The government said it sent out alerts within 45 minutes saying this was a hoax and the website had been hacked, but Saudi Arabian news agencies still reported on Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani's alleged comments. The UAE's ambassador to the United States told the Post its report was false and his country "had no role whatsoever in the alleged hacking described in the article."
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