A hacker group has breached the security of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company.
The cyber-attack, allegedly by Arab hackers, separated infected company workstations from production systems.
According to Saudi Aramco’s Facebook page, it handled the situation by shutting down access from outside visitors as a preemptive measure.
“The disruption was suspected to be the result of a virus that had infected personal workstations without affecting the primary components of the network,” Aramco said.
“Saudi Aramco confirmed the integrity of all of its electronic network that manages its core business and that the interruption has had no impact whatsoever on any of the company’s production operations.”
An Arab Youth Group held itself accountable for the security breach to address sentiments to Saudi government officials.
“Arab nations beware. The Arab Youth Group, in support of Arab dignity and for a warning to Al-Saud traitors, has performed [the] ‘Sahabah-al-Nabi’ operation,” the group said in its post on Pastebin.com.
Even so, the Arab Youth Group did not have enough proof to be marked as the culprit of the attack.
Saudi Aramco has yet to announce a specific date that its computer networks will be back into full capacity, but assures it will be online soon and that operational and database systems remain secure from the virus attack.
McAfee is still examining the extent of the threat and considers the targeted attack as largely isolated.
Source: Saudi Aramco Facebook page