Al Jazeera detected and combated disruptive cyberattacks

Al Jazeera, a Qatari government-funded international Arabic news channel, said that it has successfully prevented a series of cyberattacks aimed at disrupting and stealing sections of its news publishing platform.

 

According to an Al Jazeera press release, the Media Network has been the target of a series of cyber hacking efforts this week aimed at penetrating some of its platforms and websites.

 

Between June 5 and 8, 2021, Al Jazeera websites and platforms were subjected to a series of electronic attacks aiming at gaining access to, interrupting, and controlling some of the news platforms.

 

The attacks peaked on June 6, just before Al Jazeera Channel aired an episode of the documentary strand ‘Ma Khafia Atham’ (What is Hidden is Greater) titled “In the Grip of the Resistance.”

 

The channel also stated that their service provider was able to detect the hacking attempts and halt them.

 

Al Jazeera condemns the cyberattacks and asserts its right to seek legal redress from the perpetrators.

 

In 1996, the channel began broadcasting as an Arabic-language satellite broadcaster from Doha.

 

Since then, it has grown into a multilingual media network with many venues, including television channels, websites, and other digital platforms.

 

At least 36 employees of the Qatari news channel were targeted in a cyber espionage campaign in December 2020, according to Citizen Lab researchers, who used a zero-click iOS zero-day vulnerability to infiltrate their iPhones.

 

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