Saudi cyber group hacks into 23 gov't websites to highlight poor security

@Cyber_Emotion planned attacks to prove vulnerability of govt sites to external threats
Saudi cyber group hacks into 23 gov't websites to highlight poor security
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By Staff writer
Sun 16 Aug 2015 02:44 PM

A Saudi cyber group hacked in 23 government websites in two hours on Saturday to highlight the sites’ weak security against possible external threats, the Saudi Gazette reported.

“@Cyber_Emotion” announced on its Twitter account it had repeatedly cautioned the government over possible cyber-attacks from other sources, yet its warnings had been ignored.

“Since the government has ignored our warnings of a possible attack, we are targeting its poorly protected websites. We don’t want to cause any harm. All we want is for the government websites to be protected,” tweeted the group.

“[The government] is responsible for maintaining safety, not to parade or revel. We will not harm any of your documents. We will just limit your access until you have tightened your security,” it added, addressing the Saudi government.

While authorities have confirmed the restoration of some websites, the groups managed to hack educational, municipal, and health-related files.

It titled its actions, “From us, not from others.”

The attack on Saudi official websites is not the first of its kind.

Earlier this year, a similar occurrence caused thousands of the kingdom’s documents to be made public.

According to a Saudi newspaper, its government’s administrations run on inexpensive -therefore weak-in-security - external receivers and hosting.

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