Oil giant says August cyber attack targeted all Saudi

Dec 10, 2012
A flame from a Saudi Aramco oil installion is seen in the desert near the oil-rich area of Khouris in 2008. Saudi Aramco said on Sunday that an August cyber attack on its computer network targeted not just the company but the kingdom's economy as a whole.

Oil giant Saudi Aramco said on Sunday that an August cyber attack on its computer network targeted not just the company but the kingdom's economy as a whole.

The interior ministry, which joined Aramco's investigation into the attack that affected some 30,000 of the firm's computers, said it was carried out by organised hackers from several different foreign countries.

"The attack targeted the whole economy of the country, not just Aramco as an entity," said Abdullah al-Saadan, who headed the company's inquiry team.

"The aim was to stop pumping oil and gas to domestic and ," he told reporters.

Interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki said the joint investigation had established that an "organised group launched the attack from outside the kingdom and from different countries."

"It is in the interest of the investigation not to reveal any results," he told reporters, stressing that "no Aramco employees or contractors were involved in the hacking."

On August 27, Aramco said it had restored its main internal network after the August 15 attack, which it described as a "malicious virus that originated from external sources."

The state-owned group which runs all 's oil production said at the time that its and production were unaffected "as they operate on isolated network systems."

Explore further: Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Virus origin in Gulf computer attacks in question

Sep 04, 2012

(AP)—Security technicians are beginning to suspect that highly targeted virus attacks were behind the recent crippling of computer systems at two major Gulf energy companies, even as questions swirl about ...

Cyber war targets Middle East oil companies

Oct 22, 2012

Middle Eastern oil and gas companies have been targeted in massive attacks on their computer networks in an increasingly open cyber war where a new virus was discovered just this past week.

Oil giant Saudi Arabia looks to alternative energy

Jan 25, 2011

With vast oil reserves that are far from exhausted, Saudi Arabia, facing rising domestic energy demand that could cut into its oil exports, has decided to explore nuclear and renewable energy, Oil Minister ...

Hackers shut down Salvadoran ministry websites

Nov 07, 2011

Online "hacktivist" group Anonymous has attacked the websites of El Salvador's presidency and government ministries, forcing several to be shut down, officials said Sunday.

Recommended for you

Study: Social media users shy away from opinions

19 hours ago

People on Facebook and Twitter say they are less likely to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.

US warns shops to watch for customer data hacking

Aug 23, 2014

The US Department of Homeland Security on Friday warned businesses to watch for hackers targeting customer data with malicious computer code like that used against retail giant Target.

Fitbit to Schumer: We don't sell personal data

Aug 22, 2014

The maker of a popular line of wearable fitness-tracking devices says it has never sold personal data to advertisers, contrary to concerns raised by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer.

Should you be worried about paid editors on Wikipedia?

Aug 22, 2014

Whether you trust it or ignore it, Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world and accessed by millions of people every day. So would you trust it any more (or even less) if you knew people ...

How much do we really know about privacy on Facebook?

Aug 22, 2014

The recent furore about the Facebook Messenger app has unearthed an interesting question: how far are we willing to allow our privacy to be pushed for our social connections? In the case of the Facebook ...

Philippines makes arrests in online extortion ring

Aug 22, 2014

Philippine police have arrested eight suspected members of an online syndicate accused of blackmailing more than 1,000 Hong Kong and Singapore residents after luring them into exposing themselves in front of webcam, an official ...

User comments : 0