Oil and gas orgs brace for cyber blitz
Three days left until annual #OpPetrol
A Middle East group tied to the global Anonymous cyber movement has again pledged disruption of global oil and gas businesses.
AnonGhost tweeted from its @AnonGhostTeam account on 11 June (sic): “On the 20 June 2014 , We gonna launch a Big Attack Against All Petroleum Industries.”
A further announcement on Pastebin revealed the group’s motives for the impending attacks (sic): “Because Petrol is sold with the dollar ($) and Saudi Arabia has betrayed Muslims with their cooperation. So why isn't Petrol sold with the currency of the country which exports it?”
A similar campaign, also dubbed #OpPetrol was conducted on 20 June, 2013, indicating that the group intends annual operations against oil and gas companies.
In August 2012, Saudi Aramco came under attack by Shamoon malware, which managed to take 30,000 workstations offline. Aramco later admitted that the infiltrators had sought to halt oil production.
"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," said Abdullah al-Saadan, Aramco's vice president for corporate planning, in December 2012.
Saudi Aramco supplies around one tenth of the world's oil. In the kingdom as a whole, oil accounts for more than 40% of GDP and 80% to 90% of total Saudi revenue.
In 2013, reports of some downed websites did emerge from some #OpPetrol targets, but no announcement was made of any disruption in production. In its 2014 campaign, AnonGhost has vowed to hit several targets simultaneously, namely: USA, Canada, England, Israel, Saudi Arabia (government only), China, Italy, France, Russia, Germany, Kuwait (government only) and Qatar (government only).