The electronic penetration carried out by hackers against websites is one of the practices that annoy the owners of these sites and may disrupt access to them, and the penetration may result in losses for them, whether at the economic level or even at the level of trust in the site or disrupting the interests of its beneficiaries.
The penetration is more severe and harmful when it is on sites that provide electronic services to the public, especially the websites of government agencies such as ministries and public institutions, or those of private sector institutions such as companies and banks. No country was spared the hacking of its websites or the existence of repeated attempts to hack these sites.
It is noteworthy that electronic hacking may occur for different reasons or motives, such as sports or intellectual fanaticism or expressing a specific position.
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The goal may be not only to disable the site, but to seize and use the site’s data, as happened recently to the giant Sony Corporation when hackers hacked its PlayStation website and stole data of about 77 million customers, and among this data was information related to Sony credit cards .
Without a doubt, hacking websites is a criminal and punishable act, and it is part of the system of behavior aimed at attacking electronic data that is stored in computers and exchanged over the electronic network, including the World Wide Web (Internet).
Therefore, these intrusions targeting websites on the World Wide Web and the consequent destruction, theft or disruption of data require legal accountability for those who commit them.
With regard to the Kingdom, the Cybercrime Combating Law issued in 1428 AH included a description of electronic penetration within the concept of cybercrime, which was expressed by illegal entry to a website, or entering a website to change the designs of this website, destroy it, modify it or occupy its address.
As for the punishment resulting from this act, it is imprisonment for a period not exceeding one year and a fine of not more than 500,000 riyals, or one of these two penalties.
The penetration is access to bank data or credit information, and the penalty may be up to ten years imprisonment or a fine of up to five million riyals if this penetration is aimed at accessing data that affects the internal or external security of the state or its national economy.
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