delivering the lectureThe official spokesman for the Communications and Information Technology Commission (CITC), Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Malik said that website hackers will face tough penalties of upto 4 years in prison and SR 3 million as fines, during his lecture at the Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry on Thursday.

Al-Malik said that the Saudi telecommunications authority warned all about the tough penalties based on the Saudi cyber law to fight cybercrimes.

The 16-article law can help sentence hackers for up to 10 years in prison and a fine ranging from SR 500,000 to SR 5 million based on the kind of offense the hacker is found to have committed.

Anyone found guilty of hacking for extortion or harassment or in violation of personal privacy will have to pay SR 500,000 in fines and may also face up to one year in prison.

Anyone found committing fraud or stealing banking and credit card information will face harsher penalties of up to 3 years in prison and a fine of SR 2 million. Hacking into networks and obstructing network access or services or destroying private information will get the offender up to 4 years in prison and SR 3 million as penalty.

Anyone found guilty of hacking for the purpose of creating a conflict of national interests or religious values and morals is punishable by prison up to 5 years and a fine of SR 3 million. Hacking for promoting terrorism, manufacturing explosives, or stealing information that affect the national security will be punishable by prison for 10 years and a fine of SR 5 million.

Al-Malik said that these actions are necessary to safeguard public interest, morality and the national economy and to maintain information security among others, reported Sabq news.