Cyber blackmailer arrested in Riyadh

Updated 06 May 2016
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Cyber blackmailer arrested in Riyadh

RIYADH: A young Saudi who was blackmailing a girl and threatening to post her photograph on social media was arrested here by Riyadh police.
The incident took place in the Badr district and the police station in Shifa arrested the culprit on a complaint made by the aggrieved family.
Police said the suspect is a youth in his 20s and he had threatened the girl with posting her images on social media.
The suspect is currently in custody at the Shifa police station and police are conducting further inquiries to produce him at the local court.
Under international law, cyber blackmail is a criminal act in which an individual uses information gathered from social media to threaten a person to do what he demands or else he will expose the victim to society.
Blackmailer’s demands may not only be monetary but also acts that are immoral and criminal. Most victims prefer to meet the blackmailer’s demands to avoid public exposure.
According to statistics, 43 percent of teenagers in the United States have been victims of cyber blackmail.
It is common for people these days to become online blackmail victims. Social media services are not to blame but the way they are being used are.
Experts advise users not to write their personal thoughts about anybody on their social media accounts as it is read not only by friends but others who know their way around the Internet.
They also advise against users against uploading pictures and valuables as it is the easiest way to invite blackmailers, stalkers, hijackers, kidnappers and scammers into your life.
"Adjust your privacy settings on social networking sites so only your friends can see private information about you. Do not post your phone number, mobile number, email address, street address and any personal information on the Internet," one blogger advised.
Avoid communicating with anyone other than legitimate, bona fide friends and verify communications from new people. Even on the Internet, do not talk to strangers, he further advised.
If a message looks dubious, delete it. Do not click on links unless you are absolutely sure of what they are, the blogger added.


Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

A worker unloads aid packages from a Saudi air force cargo plane, at an airfield in the northern province of Marib, Yemen, in this January 22, 2018 photo. (REUTERS)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Houthis accused of looting humanitarian aid

JEDDAH: The Yemen Scholars Association on Saturday blamed the Iranian-backed Houthi militias for the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Yemen.
The associated accused the Houthis of looting humanitarian aid.
According to the Yemeni scholars, Houthi actions have resulted in the suspension of salaries of hundreds of thousands of employees for nearly two years.
The Association praised the efforts and humanitarian support of King Salman Humanitarian Aid and Relief Center (KSRelief), which provides, directly and indirectly, most of the humanitarian relief support for the Yemeni people.
The Yemen Scholars Association condemned the Houthi militia for looting relief aid in areas under its control.
According to a human rights report, At least 113 people have been tortured to death in detention centers in Yemen run by the Houthis since the coup began
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohammed Askar told Arab News that the figures in the report were only estimates and that the real figures were much higher.