By Sameh Mohammed
Special to the Arab Times
8th Mar 2007
KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait has the highest percentage of Internet hacking in
the world, says the Chairman of a seminar on Internet Hackers organized
by Kuwait Information Technology Society. Within two days of
Communications Minister Dr Maasouma Al-Mubarak vowing to fight hackers,
websites of several government departments were hacked, he adds.
Information Technology activist Ahmed Al-Ibrahim said hackers can be
grouped into three categories including those who steal personal
information, others who break passwords and people who hack as a daily
business, adding in Kuwait the last category has spread widely.
Sometimes these hackers send political messages to the public.
Indicating Kuwait does not have any law against hackers, Attorney
Mohammed Al-Dalaal said the private sector has been demanding the
government to law down some rules against such crimes for a long time.
Currently, the country has only one law and two ministerial decisions to
deal with electronic crimes and even they are not directly related to
hacking, he noted. He also said the United States has been exerting
pressure on Kuwait to amend its Intellectual Property Rights Law, which
has many loopholes.
Claiming the Ministry of Communications has instructed Internet Service
Providers (ISP) to ensure the confidentiality and security of
information, Al-Dalaal said this ministry has also instructed all ISPs
in the country to block websites which have unethical information.
Praising the Kuwait Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI) for its
efforts to get the Electronic Transactions Law approved, he said this
law should be approved by the concerned authorities as early as
possible. Former member of the e-Government Committee Jassem Al-Mutawa
said private companies have been incurring heavy loses due to the havoc
wreaked by hackers.
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