A Desert Storm Of Hacking

Following hard on the heels of the Saudi Aramco virus infection, we now have another Middle Eastern energy company - a natural gas company in Qatar - subjected to a similar-sounding attack. RasGas reported their internal computer network was taken offline too.

A hacktivist group called Cutting Sword of Justice claimed responsibility for the Saudi Aramco attack, characterising it as payback after the Saudi royal family moved to quell Arab Spring-style revolts in neighbouring countries. Circumstantial evidence suggests that Saudi Aramco was hit by Sahmoon, a data-wiping strain of malware that's also capable of swiping passwords and other sensitive information from infected Windows PCs.


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