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Saudi Aramco hit by computer virus

State oil company shuts down some systems as a precaution

Saudi Aramco said it had shut down some systems but oil production had not been affected.
Saudi Aramco said it had shut down some systems but oil production had not been affected.

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.