A top official with the Qatar Telecommunications Authority says the country’s biggest web hosting provider has been the worst of the big three.
Qatar’s government says it has shut down dozens of websites including several popular ones.QATIA’s head of government for information and communication technology, Ahmed Al-Bashir, said the company had been a “major provider” to sites like Twitter and YouTube.
Al-Bouti told reporters on Tuesday that the company shut down the Twitter and Facebook accounts of the ruling Awda Party, the ruling party’s main media agency, and also shut down accounts of Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya English, Al Jazeera English and the Saudi-owned Al Arabia.
“We shut down all these websites and all of the other sites, and we blocked the accounts of these companies,” he said.
Qatia has been struggling to contain a cyberattack against its main telecommunications provider, QATIA, that affected a number of major sites including Twitter and a number to the United States.
The U.S. State Department has urged Qatar to immediately restore services for affected individuals and businesses.
Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim Al Thani has called the attacks “a criminal act” and said the authorities were “working to solve the problem through legal and technical means.”
Al Thani said the country would not be distracted by the cyberattack and was preparing for future attacks.
Al Thanir also criticized the U.N. Security Council for not adopting a resolution to condemn the attacks.