HE Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Qatar, confirmed on January 10 that the investigations into the cyber attack on the Qatar News Agency on May 23 implicated two countries involved in the diplomatic siege against Qatar. He stated that Qatar will take legal action against these countries.
HE the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister said the people of Qatar have a right to know who carried out the cyber attack that precipitated the diplomatic crisis and to take action against the perpetrators. He mentioned that Qatar as a country, as well as HE himself and HH the Emir, had largely friendly and cooperative relations with the rest of the GCC prior to the cyber attack and diplomatic crisis.
QAI published a report in December on the cyber attack against the Qatar News Agency and its legal and political implications called “Cyber Attacks on the Qatar News Agency: Fake News, Cyber War, and an Attack on International Norms of Sovereignty.”
As argued in the report, similar acts of cyber interference for political gain will become more common and difficult to deter unless cyber attacks like that on the Qatar News Agency are appropriately recognized and punished.