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Al Jazeera cyberattacked ahead of show on Palestinian 'resistance'

The Qatari media giant said it was able to thwart the hacking attempts, which came just ahead of the airing of a series about Gaza-based militant groups.
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Al Jazeera said it was hit by a series of cyberattacks this week, many of which came ahead of a program about Israeli soldiers captured by Hamas.

The Qatari outlet was the target of several hacking attempts aimed at “accessing, disrupting, and controlling” some of its platforms. The cyberattacks occurred between June 5 and 8 and were thwarted, Al Jazeera Media Network said in a Wednesday statement.

Many of the cyberattacks occurred on Sunday ahead of a screening of Al Jazeera Arabic’s documentary series "What is Hidden is Greater.” The episode, called “In the Grip of the Resistance,” was on Gaza-based Palestinian groups' armed conflict with Israel. Specifically, it was about Israeli soldiers in Hamas captivity and included an interview with Hamas military leader Marwan Issa.

Also on Sunday, Al Jazeera Arabic aired an audio clip of a man Hamas said was an Israeli soldier they detained.

Al Jazeera is funded by the government of Qatar and is one of the most widely consumed news outlets in the Middle East. It has content in both Arabic and English.

This is not the first time Al Jazeera has been targeted by hackers. Dozens of Al Jazeera employees were hacked with spyware sold by an Israeli company last year.

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