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Oil company network done in by hackers

Politically motivated hackers shut down the computer network of the world’s largest oil company for more than 10 days this month, the first time such a group has employed the kind of sophisticated cyberweapons typically used by national governments.

Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the national oil company of Saudi Arabia, said over the weekend that it had restored its network following the Aug. 15 attack, which affected more than 30,000 computer work stations.

The company said in a statement that its production and refining systems were unaffected by the attack because they are walled off from the main computer network.

“We addressed the threat immediately, and our precautionary procedures have helped to mitigate these deplorable cyberthreats from spiraling,” said Khalid A. Al-Falih, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco.

But at least one website the company operates, aramco.com, remained down Monday.

“We are working diligently to restore services to normal as soon as possible,” said a statement on the website.

The company’s Houston-based U.S. office referred requests for comment to its headquarters in Saudi Arabia. But emails sent there bounced back, suggesting that work to restore the company’s computer system was still ongoing.

The hackers have not been so tight-lipped. Read More

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