• 17 hours Boris Johnson Proposes Billion Dollar Bridge To Northern Ireland
  • 2 days Goldman Slashes Oil Price Forecast By $10
  • 3 days Tesla Raises $2 Billion In Share Selloff
  • 4 days What The T-Mobile Takeover Of Sprint Really Means For Markets
  • 4 days The U.S. Has Charged Huawei With Racketeering And Conspiracy
  • 4 days How Hydrogen Could Become The Fuel Of The Future
  • 5 days Millennials Can’t Retire, But They’ll Still Have To Help Their Parents
  • 5 days This Gold Miner Just Increased Its Dividends By 40%
  • 5 days Airbnb IPO Under Threat As China's Economy Drags
  • 6 days The Infamous Equifax Hack Just Became A National Security Issue
  • 6 days BHP Takes The Crown As World’s Top Copper Miner
  • 6 days Tesla Reopens Chinese Factory After Coronavirus Scare
  • 7 days Armed Troops Storm El Salvador’s Parliament
  • 7 days Is A New Housing Bubble Forming?
  • 7 days The Biggest Challenge Facing West Africa's Single Currency Plan
  • 7 days Iran's Space Program Hits Another Snag
  • 8 days The Politics Of Love In The Digital World
  • 8 days Coronavirus: Much Ado About Nothing?
  • 9 days Are Silver Stocks Poised For A Breakout?
  • 9 days Is This The Tesla Of Motorcycles?
Mobile Bank Startup Is Bent On Disrupting Big Finance

Mobile Bank Startup Is Bent On Disrupting Big Finance

European mobile bank startup N26…

Huawei Given The Green Light To Build 5G Network In The UK

Huawei Given The Green Light To Build 5G Network In The UK

Britain will allow Chinese telecom…

The Politics Of Love In The Digital World

The Politics Of Love In The Digital World

Political campaigners across the country…

Oilprice.com

Oilprice.com

Writer, OilPrice.com

Information/Articles and Prices on a wide range of commodities: We have assembled a team of experienced writers to provide you with information on Crude Oil,…

Contact Author

  1. Home
  2. Tech
  3. Tech News

Saudi Aramco Hit With New Variant Of Old Cyberattack

riyadh

A variant of the Shamoon malware that hit Saudi Aramco’s servers six years ago is back, Axios reports, citing a release from the cybersecurity unit of Alphabet, Chronicle. According to the Chronicle release, the company had detected a file infected with Shamoon in its database VirusTotal.

The malware, Chronicle said, was uploaded from Italy and is different from the previous two variants. Those moved through networks via pre-programmed credentials while this one stays on the computer it is installed on first. There is no command and control infrastructure that would allow the attackers to communicate with the virus, and what the virus does this time is encrypt all files irreversibly rather than replacing them with politically significant images, Axios reports.

While the cybersecurity experts at Chronicle figure out what the malware is all about this time, they do note it comes on the heels of a report from Italy’s oilfield services major Saipem that it had become the target of a cyberattack, with the most severe blow suffered by its network in the Middle East.

Reuters quoted Saipem’s head of digital and innovation operations, Mauro Piasere, as saying the company’s servers in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait had been affected by malware, with the origin of the attack Chennai, India.

“The servers involved have been shut down for the time being to assess the scale of the attack,” Piasere said.

Chronicle’s experts, for their part, said "While Chronicle cannot directly link the new Shamoon variant to an active attack, the timing of the malware files comes close to news of an attack on an Italian energy corporation with assets in the Middle East."

In January 2017, Saudi Arabia issued a warning to local organizations that the Shamoon virus that had hit state-held oil giant Saudi Aramco in 2012 has resurfaced in a new variant. The Shamoon 2, which completely wiped out computer disks, reportedly targeted 15 government agencies and private organizations, state media reported at the time.

By Irina Slav for Oilprice.com

More Top Reads From Safehaven.com

Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment