A total of 70 e-crime reports have been made so far since the new e-crimes law took effect on 12 January, 2016, said informed sources. The first day of the law’s implementation saw Public Prosecutor Dherar Al-Asousi receive 15 e-crime reports, which he passed down to attorneys for investigations, the sources said.
Further, the sources explained that most of the cases reported involve embezzlement, forgery, data theft, illegal access to secret systems, vice and public manner-related crimes. Moreover, the sources highlighted that users of some Twitter accounts were still ignorant of the fact that circulating slanderous information was incriminated by law, and that such accounts could be referred to public prosecution.
According to the e-crimes law, ‘e-fraud crimes’ are those used to affect a secured electronic or data system, data web, document, electronic record, computer system, electronic signature or electronic information through programming, revelation or publication of a digit, password, code or any other secret information with the aims of making unlawful gains or benefits or harming others.