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.


Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

Updated 18 December 2018
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Saudi royal decree guarantees allowances to cover cost of living for new fiscal year

A royal decree by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the continuation of allowances covering the cost of living for civil sector employees for the new fiscal year on Tuesday.

The decree states that 1,000 Saudi riyals ($266) would be given to citizens on a monthly basis.  This will continue for one year until the study of the social protection system is completed.

Saudi Arabia also announced plans to increase state spending by more than seven percent next year in an effort to spur economic growth, which has been hurt by low oil prices, according to a 2019 budget released by the finance ministry.