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Saudi CITC blocks attacks on 'sensitive' websites

Nine attacks on government and commercial agencies blocked by CITC last year, six govt sites hacked

Saudi CITC blocks attacks on 'sensitive' websites
The Saudi CITC has increased its efforts to protect government and commercial agencies from cyber attack.

Saudi Arabia's Communications and Information Technology Commission ( CITC ) reports that it thwarted nine attempts to hack websites belonging to government and commercial agencies in the Kingdom last year.

The CITC did not name the targetted agencies, but described them as "sensitive".

The regulator also noted that six government websites were hacked in the same time period.

In response to ongoing attacks against government agencies in Saudi Arabia, the CITC said it has enhanced its cyber security efforts in cooperation with the National Guidelines Center for Information Security.

The commission sent 713 notifications to over 200 government and commercial agencies, alerting them about websites that might have been infected with viruses. The commission also sent 15 warnings of expected cyber attacks to entities registered at the National Guidelines Center for Information Security, and sent 15 other warnings to websites that had vulnerabilities that could be hacked.

The CITC said it also provided technical support such as electronic analysis to the Interior Ministry in investigating 11 criminal cases.

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