Arabic news channel Al Jazeera was hit by a cyber attack ‘on all systems’, the broadcaster said today.
‘There were attempts made on the cyber security of Al Jazeera but we are combating them and currently all our entities are operational,’ said a senior employee who declined to be named.
It comes amid a diplomatic crisis with Qatar, which other Arab states accuse of having ties with terrorism.
Al Jazeera is Qatar’s flagship broadcaster.
Neighbouring countries have accused of it a biased approach to coverage, saying it is a source of tension in the region.
All English- and Arabic-language channels and its websites appeared to be still functioning after the network tweeted it was ‘under cyber attack on all systems, websites & social media platforms’.
A later tweet said Doha-based media platforms were undergoing ‘continual hacking attempts’.
There is not yet any indication of who could be behind the ‘cyber attack’.
It was the third reported hack of Qatari organisations in the last 14 months.TV presenter Andrew Bolt fights off masked thugs who glitterbombed him
Qatar said last month its state news agency had been hacked and false statements attributed to the country’s ruler posted, helping ignite the current rift with other Arab states.
Last April Qatar National Bank, the largest lender in the Middle East and Africa by assets, suffered a security breach and data was posted online revealing the names and passwords of a large number of customers.