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UAE news agency WAM copied to spread fake news

WAM has confirmed that an attempt to fabricate the website has occurred

WAM took to Twitter to state its had been copied.
WAM took to Twitter to state its had been copied.

WAM, the UAE's news agency, has reported that unknown sources attempted to replicate the website to spread fake news.

The National reported on Tuesday that WAM took to Twitter to state that "attempts to fabricate the #WAM website have been made by unknown sources".

Attempts to fabricate the #WAM website have been made by unknown sources. 1/2 #wamnews

— WAM News / English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) August 21, 2017

WAM's Arabic Twitter page said that it "has warned users of heightened risk of cyber-attacks" and urged users to only use the link on their Twitter page to access its website.

Please ensure that you continue to access #UAE news coverage via the #WAM website https://t.co/5priUg53el 2/2#wamnews

— WAM News / English (@WAMNEWS_ENG) August 21, 2017

 

Mohamed Al Rayssi, executive director of WAM, revealed that a static image of the website had been taken to create a replica. As a result, a fake story and headlines had been written and then published on social media platforms.

"Some organistions have been working on copying our website to published false news about the country."

"And it is not just us, it happened yesterday to Russia Today, before that to BBC, and France 24. So we have been warning about this, as such fabrications have increased in the past two days," Al Rayssi said.