NCSC: 26 million phishing e-mails targeted Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia is being exposed to a terrorist cyber warfare because of its political position, economic weight, and regional role that intersects with the role of other hostile countries in the region, which aims to threaten its national security, using various types of viruses, malware and modern scams to disrupt the servers of all vital services in the country, thus affecting its sensitive and vital facilities.
As computer hackers develop their techniques day after day to deceive users in order to get their own passwords or any sensitive information, one of the most important scams is the recent widespread e-mails known as "phishing e-mails."
A recent statistic released by the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) at the Ministry of the Interior stated that the phishing e-mails in Saudi Arabia have exceeded 26 million emails in the past few years. According to NCSC, attackers have deliberately sent fake e-mails (7z. or zip.) containing attached malicious software (Locky Ransomware). NCSC also confirmed that it had sent technical reports, hacking indicators and recommendations to all the entities registered with the NCSC, and advised them to take caution of these phishing e-mails and other hacking techniques.
These attacks spotlight the ongoing cyber threats facing Saudi Arabia and the need to raise awareness and vigilance among all government sectors and the public.