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Al Jazeera Mobile hacked, false news alerts sent claiming attack on Qatar PM

 
 

Al Jazeera has confirmed that subscribers of its SMS breaking news alerts were sent false updates when its system was hacked this evening.

UPDATE: The Syrian Electronic Army, a group of hackers who support Syria’s embattled government, was quick to claim responsibility for the cyber attack. 
A message was apparently sent out claiming that an attempt had been made to assassinate Qatar’s prime minister, but he had survived. Another update falsely stated that Sheikha Moza, the wife of Qatar’s emir, had been “lightly wounded.”
The network later posted updates on its @AJALive Twitter account to inform Al Jazeera Mobile subscribers that it had been hacked, and the alleged assassination attempt was fake:

 
 
 

An Al Jazeera spokesperson told Doha News that the network was still looking into how the incident had occurred.

It isn’t the first time the network has been the target of a cyberattack. Just last week its English website aljazeera.com was taken offline temporarily through DNS-poisoning.
Fake news stories have also been disseminated in the past about an assassination attempt on Qatar’s emir, and a non-existent failed coup. Analysts have said supporters of Bashar al-Assad are behind a smear campaign being leveled at the state of Qatar and the Al Jazeera Network for their critical stances against the Syrian government.

 
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I’m Liah Qureshi ( My real name is Irtiqa Qureshi, I go with Liah as my pen name). Im a girl in my 20 somethings, trying my bit to make this world a better place to live in. I am a Journalist and a stick-to-radio person. I write sometimes when I think my writings can make some productive change. Apart from being a Journo and a radio freak, I work as a freelance Voice Artist, a Counselor, a Blogger, a YouTuber (this happens just sometimes and that too randomly plus i don't have a fan base or something like that on YouTube :P ), Social Activist and an Emcee too (all on an individual level). I love to study Psychology in my free time(If ever I get some). And I am Loving my Life. You can Check out my Social Media links given on this page.

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