Saudi Aramco Cyberattack Came From Foreign States

Saudi Arabi says last summer’s attack was aimed at disrupting oil production.

Saudi Arabia blamed unidentified people based outside the kingdom for a cyberattack against state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co. that aimed at disrupting production from the world’s largest exporter of crude.

More than 30,000 computers were compromised or affected by a so-called “spear-phishing” attack from Aug. 15, raising concerns about the threat hackers may pose to output at the company known as Saudi Aramco, Abdullah al-Saadan, vice president for corporate planning, said today at a news conference in the eastern city of Dhahran.

Circumstantial Evidence

Aramco said on Sept. 10 that its entire computer network was operating normally after the virus arrived through an e-mail. The percentage of computers damaged was small relative to the size of the network, al-Saadan said.

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