World's Largest Oil Producer Gets Hacked

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Hackers hit Saudi Aramco, the world's largest oil producing company, with a cyber attack that disabled 30,000 of its workstations.

Ars Technica reports:

The Saudi Arabia-based, industry leader released a statement confirming that roughly 30,000 workstations were affected via cyber attack in mid-August. Details beyond that were scarce—Saudi Aramco said the virus "originated from external sources" and that its investigation into the matter was ongoing. There was no mention of whether this was related to this month's Shamoon attacks.

The company said it cleansed its workstations and resumed operations for its internal network today. They also added that oil exploration and production operations were unaffected because those networks were separate systems.

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Even so, the event further underlines just how precarious our situation is; when so much of the world relies so heavily on a single nation/company, a major hack could actually severely disrupt the global economy.

Tags: Oil

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