Saudi Aramco Incident Investigated Much Closer
We reported back in October about the damage swell of Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia’s oil company, which fell victim to a cyberattack. Some new details have been revealed by a few investigating/reporting organizations…
The New York Times reported the following yesterday:
The attack on Saudi Aramco — which supplies a tenth of the world’s oil — failed to disrupt production, but was one of the most destructive hacker strikes against a single business.
“The main target in this attack was to stop the flow of oil and gas to local and international markets and thank God they were not able to achieve their goals,” Abdullah al-Saadan, Aramco’s vice president for corporate planning, said on Al Ekhbariya television. It was Aramco’s first comments on the apparent aim of the attack.
Hackers from a group called Cutting Sword of Justice claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that their motives were political and that the virus gave them access to documents from Aramco’s computers, which they threatened to release. No documents have yet been published.
The “Cutting Sword of Justice” made a post on PasteBin.com about taking credit for the attack.
We explained previously that most of the cyberattacks this year have been aimed at erasing data on energy companies’ computers. However, renewed thoughts of Aramco are showing the want by hackers to stop the flow of production. Good thing it got sorted out.