Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Saudi Aramco, suffered a breach by hackers who said they planted a virus in the organization’s networks and was able to steal valuable information.
The oil giant did say it had to take some serious measures as a result of a security breach.
“On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, an official at Saudi Aramco confirmed that the company has isolated all its electronic systems from outside access as an early precautionary measure that was taken following a sudden disruption that affected some of the sectors of its electronic network,” the firm’s representatives said.
“The disruption was suspected to be the result of a virus that had infected personal workstations without affecting the primary components of the network.”
They said they contained the incident without the company suffering major impact on production operations.
“Saudi Aramco IT experts anticipate resuming normal operations of its network soon,” they said.
On the other hand, one of the hacker groups taking credit for the breach (at least two said they were behind the attack) said the virus caused serious damage to Saudi Aramco’s infrastructure.
They said they “destroyed” 30,000 computers owned by Saudi Aramco.
These hackers said they stole a large amount of sensitive information and the damage inflicted on the company’s systems will probably affect operations for quite some time.
The hackers said the reason for which the oil company has become a target is the regimes in Syria, Bahrain, Yemen, Lebanon, Egypt and other similar countries are using Muslim oil resources to fund their crimes against innocent citizens.