Saudi Aramco hit by computer virus

State oil company shuts down some systems as a precaution

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Saudi Aramco hit by computer virus Saudi Aramco said it had shut down some systems but oil production had not been affected.
By  Mark Sutton Published  August 16, 2012

Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco) was forced to shut down some of its computer systems late on Wednesday, according to news agency Reuters.

The oil company said that a virus had caused it to shut down some systems as a precaution, but it had not effected oil production.

"An official source of Saudi Aramco confirmed that it had isolated electronic systems for the entire company today and cut off external access as an early precaution," Reuters reported in a statement from Aramco.

"The source... reiterated the lack of any effect at all on the work of production due to the strength of advanced protection systems," the statement added.

2427 days ago

Organisations who solely rely on Enterprise Anti-Virus to protect themselves from these type of sophisticated attacks are operating under a false sense of safety and security. Identity & Access Governance is a key layer of defense to protect large organisations from these types of attacks

2431 days ago

That's not a good news in a technical point of view. Because the IT network must be always secured from the virus attacks, which may happen by external or internal source. Not only an antivirus can prevent such attacks also a proper IT administration can.!

2432 days ago
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Yes, I have used this eScan Toolkit before and it is quite effective. Frankly speaking no antivirus software is full proof. You always need third party tools to take care of security breach.

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