Hydrocarbon Processing Copying and distributing are prohibited without permission of the publisher
Email a friend
  • Please enter a maximum of 5 recipients. Use ; to separate more than one email address.



Aramco cyber attack targeted Saudi production

12.10.2012  |  HP News Services

The oil giant says an August cyber attack on its computer network targeted not just the company but the kingdom's economy as a whole, seeking to stop oil and gas production. The interior ministry joined Aramco's investigation into the attack that affected some 30,000 of the firm's computers.

Keywords:

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AFP) -- Oil giant Saudi Aramco said 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 organized 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 international markets."

Interior ministry spokesman General Mansur al-Turki said the joint investigation had established that an "organized 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 Aug. 27, Aramco said it had restored its main internal network after the Aug. 15 attack, which it described as a "malicious virus that originated from external sources."

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



Dow Jones Newswires



Have your say
  • All comments are subject to editorial review.
    All fields are compulsory.

Related articles

FEATURED EVENT

GasPro North America

Sign-up for the Free Daily HP Enewsletter!

Boxscore Database

A searchable database of project activity in the global hydrocarbon processing industry

Poll

Should the US allow exports of crude oil? (At present, US companies can export refined products derived from crude but not the raw crude itself.)


66%

34%




View previous results

Popular Searches

Please read our Term and Conditions and Privacy Policy before using the site. All material subject to strictly enforced copyright laws.
© 2014 Hydrocarbon Processing. © 2014 Gulf Publishing Company.