By Beatrice Thomas
Only hired on condition that previous hacking was for “self-recognition and esteem” and not damaging to government bodies
Saudi authorities are planning to employ local hackers in a bid to find holes in the kingdom’s electronic networks, it was reported.
External affairs co-ordinator at the National Information Center of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Zaidan Al Enezi, told Makkah daily that the centre was seeking to benefit from the abilities of some Saudi hackers, Saudi Gazette reported.
“These hackers will undergo training to transform their abilities into productive energy, and some hackers are proficient in hacking websites only and do not have the capability of hacking programmed networks,” he told the Saudi Gazette.
He said their employment was also on the condition that they had not inflicted any previous damage to any government bodies, but that their previous hacking experience was only for “self-recognition and esteem”.
Al Enezi admitted that employing hackers was only a helpful step against hacking attempts, and was not 100 percent effective.
However, he encouraged government bodies and Saudi universities to employ hackers to guard against hacking attempts and to plug any holes in their electronic networks.
“The center has the ability to track down the source of hacking attempts, and such information is then relayed to the Interpol, supported by evidence, so they may track down the culprits," he said.