By Abdullah Al-Dani
The Saudi Gazette
16 June 2010
JEDDAH - The Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) has launched an
investigation into the hacking of Riyad Bank's website Monday morning.
SAMA has asked the bank to provide it with a detailed report on the
An official source at SAMA confirmed that the agency will punish any
bank which is lax in protecting its website against hackers. The bank's
homepage was penetrated by the hacker, who claimed he broke in to
register a complaint against an official in Madina. The SAMA source said
the hacker will be questioned by the security authorities before
referring him to the judiciary. The courts will try him under cyber
laws. The Shoura Council has introduced a set of laws to combat the
growing threat of cyber crimes in the Kingdom.
The SAMA source played down the incident, pointing out that the hacker
had no criminal motive. "He has more passion to be famous, rather than
to belittle the bank's officials or steal from customers' accounts."
The bank's management said the incident was not worrying because the
hacker did not target the pages containing the bank's transactions or
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