Hackers hit Saudi Aviation Authority, data wiped

Saudi government entities attacked in recent weeks, systems compromised at four agencies Bloomberg reports

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Hackers hit Saudi Aviation Authority, data wiped Attackers are reported to have compromised thousands of PCs at the Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation.
By  Mark Sutton Published  December 1, 2016

Hackers have reportedly conducted a series of attacks on Saudi Arabia, targeting the agency running the country's airports and hitting five additional targets.

Bloomberg said on Thursday that the attacks took place over the last two weeks, citing two people familiar with an investigation into the breach.

Saudi Arabia said after inquiries from Bloomberg that "several" government agencies were targeted in attacks that came from outside the kingdom.

Bloomberg said that although the investigation is still in its early stages, digital evidence suggests the attacks emanated from Iran. No group or country has claimed responsibility.

Data was wiped from thousands of computers at the headquarters of Saudi's General Authority of Civil Aviation, citing the people familiar with the investigation.

There have been no reports of widespread transportation interruptions at the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh or the other major airports. A spokesman for the aviation authority in Riyadh didn't immediately respond to phone calls and e-mails requesting comment, Bloomberg reported.

Several other agencies were hit in what was described as a simultaneous attack, with four agencies believed to said to have suffered "extensive damage", while security stopped the attack at two other government entities.

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