UAE denies involvement in Qatar hacking
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The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) foreign minister on Monday denied allegations that it hacked Qatari news sites prior to the recent dispute between Qatar and other Arab nations, Al Jazeera reported

Anwar Gargash, UAE state minister for foreign affairs, claimed a Monday Washington Post report is wrong after the newspaper indicated the UAE was behind the hack.

"The Washington Post story is not true, simply not true," Gargash said, according to Al Jazeera, which is owned by the Qatari government.

In late May, Qatar said cyber-hackers had posted a quote by a Qatari emir that praised Hamas, a Palestinian group considered a terrorist organization by the U.S., and claimed Iran was an "Islamic power" on their news and media sites.

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain began blockading Qatar in early June, cutting diplomatic and transport ties with the state. 

Qatar has strongly denied the allegations and claims that the posted remarks are fake.

The Post reported Sunday that the U.S. intelligence officials found that top UAE government officials had discussed the hack and its implementation a day before it occurred. 

The FBI was believed to be helping Qatar analyze the breach.

It is unclear if the UAE conducted the hack on the websites or if it paid an outside party, the officials told the Post.

The officials were not identified in the Post's report.

Yousef al-Otaiba, UAE's ambassador to the U.S., dismissed Qatar's claim that the fake comments come about from a hack. 

"What is true is Qatar's behavior. Funding, supporting, and enabling extremists from the Taliban to Hamas and Gaddafi. Inciting violence, encouraging radicalization, and undermining the stability of its neighbors," Otaiba's statement said, the Post reported.

- Updated: 11:50 a.m.