UAE senior diplomat denies hacking ‘friendly countries’

UAE senior diplomat denies hacking ‘friendly countries’
UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash
Updated 02 February 2019

UAE senior diplomat denies hacking ‘friendly countries’

UAE senior diplomat denies hacking ‘friendly countries’
  • “We don’t target friendly countries and we don’t target American citizens," says Gargash
  • Reuters probe says former US inttelligence operatives formed the core of UAE's cyberhacking program

NEW YORK: A United Arab Emirates senior diplomat denied on Thursday the country had targeted “friendly countries” or American citizens in a cyberspying program that a Reuters report said involved a hacking team of US mercenaries.
When asked about Project Raven by reporters at a briefing in New York, UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash acknowledged the country has a “cyber capability,” but denied targeting US citizens or countries with which it has good relations.
“We live in a very difficult part of the world. We have to protect ourselves,” Gargash said. “We don’t target friendly countries and we don’t target American citizens.”
The French and UK embassies in Washington have declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Australian ministry of foreign affairs has declined to comment. The US State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.