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Biggest oil company target of Shamoon malware?

Posted on Saturday, August 25 2012 @ 18:02:02 CEST by


Security researchers speculate the recently discovered Shamoon malware may have had Saudi Aramco, world's largest oil company, as its prime target. Shamoon is designed to steal data and can overwrite a PC's master boot record (MBR), rendering the system unable to boot.
A timer found in the Shamoon cyber-sabotage malware discovered last week matches the exact time and date when a hacktivist group claims to have disabled thousands of computers from the network of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia.

"We penetrated a system of Aramco company by using the hacked systems in several countries and then sent a malicious virus to destroy thirty thousand computers networked in this company," a group called the "Cutting Sword of Justice" said in a Pastebin post on Aug. 15. "The destruction operations began on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM (Local time in Saudi Arabia) and will be completed within a few hours."

That same day, Saudi Aramco confirmed that some sectors of its computer network were affected by a computer virus that infected workstations used by its employees. However, the incident did not impact the oil production operations in any way, Aramco said at the time.
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