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Saudi Aramco confirms 30,000 PCs hit in cyber attack

Posted on Monday, August 27 2012 @ 20:15:19 CEST by

World's largest oil company, Saudi Aramco, released a statement confirming that about 30,000 of its workstations fell victim to a virus attack in mid-August. This means 75 percent of the company's systems were hit by the cyber attack. The firm didn't reveal too many details, other than that the virus "originated from external sources", and refuting suggestions that a nation state was behind the attack. Saudi Aramco didn't confirm whether the attack is linked to the Shamoon malware.

The company said it cleansed its workstations and resumed operations for its internal network today. They also added that oil exploration and production operations were unaffected because those networks were separate systems. Reuters attempted to reach out to the company further but saw its e-mails bounced back. The news outlet also noticed one of the company's sites taken down by attacks remained non-operational (aramco.com).



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