Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Cyber Attack Against Saudi Arabia in August Damaged 30,000 Computers

Photo: Reuters / Stephanie McGehee

Saudi Arabia Says Cyber Attack Aimed To Disrupt Oil, Gas Flow -- NBC/Reuters

Saudi Arabia's national oil company, Aramco, said on Sunday a cyber attack against it in August which damaged some 30,000 computers was aimed at stopping oil and gas production at the biggest OPEC exporter.

The attack on Saudi Aramco — which supplies a tenth of the world's oil — failed to disrupt production, but was one of the most destructive cyber strikes conducted against a single business.

"The main target in this attack was to stop the flow of oil and gas to local and international markets and thank God they were not able to achieve their goals," said Abdullah al-Saadan, Aramco's vice president for corporate planning, on al-Ekhbariya television. It was the firm's first comments on the apparent aim of the attack.

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My Comment: No word on who was responsible for this cyber attack. For more info on this cyber attack, go here.

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