Traditional ways to say 'well done' clearly not enough
By Helen Gaskell
05 May 2014
A Saudi man hacked into a government website to congratulate his wife on her graduation, according to Al Arabiya news.
A message was left on the website of the Saudi Commission of Electricity and Co-generation, which read: “I apologise for the hacking [of] your website, but I wanted to congratulate my wife Bashayir, my partner, after graduating. I wanted to tell her this through your website.”
He added: “I would like to wish everyone luck and success.”
He continued by adding his opinion on Saudi Arabia’s punishments for hackers: “Instead of [Saudi Arabia] passing hard punishments on hackers, you should close any loopholes so you don’t get hacked.”
“I wanted to highlight to the owners of the hacked websites that you could contact me via email and I will show you the loopholes I found.”
Punishments in the kingdom to stop hackers have in the past included: disallowing Internet services, imprisonment for one year but no longer than four years, and a possible financial penalty as high as SAR3m ($800,000).