Targeting of Qatari royal family
Date of report
  • February 2021
  • Emirati government
The United Arab Emirates, using hackers contracted through CyberPoint, intercepted emails between former First Lady Michelle Obama and Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser of Qatar. The operation took place in 2015 but remained unreported until February 2021.
Suspected victims
  • Devices belonging to Qatar’s royal family
Suspected state sponsor
  • United Arab Emirates
Type of incident
  • Espionage
Target category
  • Government