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U.S. suspects Russian hackers planted fake news to provoke Qatar crisis: report

U.S. security agencies believe Russian hackers helped stoke the current crisis in Qatar, planting a fake news story that led to four Arab nations cutting off diplomatic relations, according to a new report.

CNN reported late Tuesday that FBI investigators are helping the Qatari government get to the bottom of the alleged hack, and that information gathered by U.S. intelligence suggests Russian sources. U.S. officials told CNN they believe Russia was trying to “cause rifts among the U.S. and its allies.”

It was not clear if the hackers were associated with the Russian military or intelligence agencies or criminal elements, CNN said.

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