Friday, 17 August 2012

Cyber Attack on Worlds Largest Oil Company

The world’s largest oil company, Saudi Aramco, has reportedly been struck by a cyber attack. The company stated that almost all of their workstations have been hit by malware, adding that it is similar to the attack on the Iranian systems on April.

Since the report, the company have disconnected their network from the internet and expect their systems to be up and running by the end of the week. As of yet, no one has taken responsibility for the attack but oil-production industrial equipment seem to be unaffected and production of oil has not been altered.

Representatives of the company stated that “The company employs a series of precautionary procedures and multiple redundant systems within its advanced and complex system that are used to protect its operational and database systems”

Since the Y2K scare back in 1999, most of the world’s oil companies started embracing Windows-based systems with the addition of the massive expansion of the Internet there has been a huge increase in the chances of cyber attacks occurring in the energy industry.