Saudi Future Investment Initiative website defaced by the hackers

Pierluigi Paganini October 22, 2018

Hackers defaced Future Investment Initiative (FII) website for a Saudi investment summit just a day before the three-day conference begins.

An unknown group of hackers has defaced the website of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) website, a Saudi investment summit, just a day before the three-day conference begins.

Future Investment Initiative defaced

Below the Tweet of Nahayat Tizhoosh (@NahayatT), a producer with CBC News Network.

Hackers also leaked through the defaced homepage, names and phone numbers of several Saudi individuals, including government employees and employees in state-backed companies.

No one has claimed responsibility for the defacement of the website of the event, also called as “Davos in the desert.”

The murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi caused a string of cancellations from global business giants, executives — from bankers JP Morgan to carmaker Ford and ride-hailing app Uber — will not attend the event.

The attackers are obviously politically motivated, they defaced the website with messages against Saudi Arabia and the role of its kingdom in the war in Yemen, they also accuse the Government of terrorism financing.

Once discovered the defacement, the website was taken down by the organizers of the Future Investment Initiative.

“Organisers of FII did not respond to requests for comment. Local media, including the pro-government Okaz newspaper, said the website had come under an “electronic attack”.” reported the AFP press release.

The forum aimed at creating new billionaire opportunities for organizations in the kingdom, but evidently the murder of Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul triggered a long string of cancelations.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs – Davos in the desert, defacement)

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