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Thursday, September 23, 2021

Doha News operations restored after late-night hack



As you may have noticed, our website was down for several hours in the middle the night and this morning after Doha News was attacked by hackers.

The perpetrators briefly had access to our Twitter account, sending out the Anonymous phrase “We are everywhere” before we took back control.

They also deleted thousands of our followers, but Twitter restored this quickly.

The hack comes as days after major websites including Twitter, Reddit and Netflix went down temporarily after a company that provides core internet services for them was attacked.

Motivation unclear

According to Doha News publisher Omar Chatriwala, the identity of the hackers remains unknown for now:

“Looking at the access logs, they did anonymize their footprint, showing a trail going everywhere from France and Sweden to the US. We aren’t exactly sure who did it at this point, or what their motive may have been.”

Our operations have mostly returned to normal, but we ask that you flag any remaining issues.

And we thank you very much for all of the messages of support you have sent.


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