Journalists, lawyers or the former boss of UEFA Michel Platini or a French senator have been the targets of hackers hired to protect the reputation of Qatar within the framework of the organization of the World Cup 2022 (November 20-December 18)reveals a survey published Sunday in the Sunday Times. These personalities were targeted for their investigations or critical positions on the awarding and organization of the World Cup by Qatar, which is due to begin on November 20, against a backdrop of calls for a boycott of the competition.
Among the targets are journalists, such as that of the Sunday Times Jonathan Calvert, who had investigated the corrupt maneuvers that led to the awarding of the World Cup to Qatar in 2010, a French senator, Nathalie Goulet, who had accused Qatar of financing Islamic terrorism, or the American lawyer -Hungarian Mark Somos who filed a complaint against the royal family of Qatar before the United Nations High Council for Human Rights.
Former UEFA president Michel Platini, a great defender of Qatar’s bid to organize the World Cup, was also reportedly spied on shortly before he was heard by French justice as part of an investigation into suspicions corruption in the awarding of the World Cup to the Gulf countries.
Qatar denies any involvement
According to data retrieved by the Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism this year, it was from 2019 that these operations to hack the mailboxes of around fifty personalities began, carried out by a group of Indian hackers. The recourse to the Indian group of hackers would have been made through former police officers or British intelligence, now working in the private sector, details the investigation of the Sunday Times. Qatari government lawyers, interviewed by the newspaper, denied Qatar’s involvement in this vast hacking operation.