Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority 'suffers attempted hack'

General Entertainment Authority said its website had been victim of cyber attacks
Saudi Arabia's entertainment authority 'suffers attempted hack'
Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced on Friday that its website had been the target of cyber attacks, and that it was working to prevent any hack.
By Sarah Townsend
Sun 01 Oct 2017 11:02 AM

Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced on Friday that its website had been the target of cyber attacks, and that it was working to prevent any hack.

The GEA announced on Twitter that it was trying to identify the source of the cyber attacks, which begun early on Thursday, and prevent any impact to its website or social media accounts.

“The source of the subversive attacks, which aim to harm the authority and its efforts, is being identified,” the tweet said.

The GEA was set up last year as part of Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 economic diversification plan, and aims to increase entertainment options for Saudis.

It has begun sponsoring concerts and shows and is working with potential investors who may be interested in building amusement parks or other forms of entertainment in the kingdom.

Last weekend the GEA organised a programme of concerts and performances for the 87th anniversary of Saudi Arabia’s national charitable foundation. The event marked the first time women were allowed to enter a sports stadium in Riyadh.

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