Al Jazeera network reports being under cyberattack

Al Jazeera network reports being under cyberattack
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Al Jazeera Media Network was in the midst of a cyberattack on Thursday, according to Al Jazeera News.

The organization reported that its websites and digital platforms were the victims of “continual hacking attempts,” though the platforms have not been compromised.

According to Al Jazeera, the attempts to breach the organization’s digital properties are growing in intensity.

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The reported attack followed the revelation on Tuesday that U.S. investigators believe that Russian hackers may have been responsible for breaching Qatar's state news agency and posting a fake news story that prompted several countries to cut diplomatic ties with Doha. 

The abrupt decision by several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, to sever relations with Qatar sparked the worst diplomatic crisis among Gulf Arab states in decades.

Russia has come under scrutiny in recent months for its efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election through a coordinated hacking and influence campaign, including the spreading of fake news.