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Shamoon Malware Linked To Saudi Aramco Attack

timothy posted about a year and a half ago | from the splash-zone-for-oil dept.

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angry tapir writes "A timer found in the Shamoon cyber-sabotage malware discovered last week matches the exact time and date when a hacktivist group claims to have disabled thousands of computers from the network of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia. 'We penetrated a system of Aramco company by using the hacked systems in several countries and then sent a malicious virus to destroy thirty thousand computers networked in this company,' a group called the 'Cutting Sword of Justice' said in a Pastebin post on Aug. 15. 'The destruction operations began on Wednesday, Aug 15, 2012 at 11:08 AM (Local time in Saudi Arabia) and will be completed within a few hours.' That same day, Saudi Aramco confirmed that some sectors of its computer network were affected by a computer virus that infected workstations used by its employees."

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Aramco's computer network? (3, Insightful)

turbidostato (878842) | about a year and a half ago | (#41121121)

...or Aramco's *windows* computer network?

The legend of the farty asshole... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41121259)

Before today, I thought it was impossible. In the past, the idea of such a thing happening would dismissed with extreme prejudice. However, that all changed when I read your comment. Your comment, and your comment alone, is what caused the unthinkable to happen. Your comment made an esteemed individual such as myself shoot a fart out of my very own asshole! That is correct: I shot a fart out of my precious little asshole, and no one else's. Such a thing! Such a thing cannot be probable!

Therefore, you're completely incorrect.

Re:The legend of the farty asshole... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41125423)

Never forget: where 15 of the 19 "9-1-1" terrorists were from: Saudi Arabia.

Re:Aramco's computer network? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41121293)

Yes, because you'd send linux malware after Windows computers, wouldn't you?

Dept. of Redundancy Department (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41121143)

'We penetrated a system of Aramco company by using the hacked systems in several countries and then sent a malicious virus to destroy thirty thousand computers networked in this company,'
As opposed to all the benevolent viruses meant to create computers?

I find this ironic (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41121187)

No, wait. Moronic. From what I know of my time spent in Riyadh at old Bendix, they cut off your head if you commit any crime using your wits, hands if petty theft, and dodger if sodomy (man on man rape; okay to rape women there don't you know). Women only get stoned (to death). If only these arab antics were shown on CNN.

Re:I find this ironic (1)

couchslug (175151) | about a year and a half ago | (#41126449)

Bendix? You an avionics/radar kinda guy?

The USAF quit letting us spectate at those public punishments around 1992 due to "security reasons". Figures it happened just before I deployed to Khobar Towers and could have gone. Pissed me off as I'd like to see how old-time religion does business without being the "guest of honor".

"If only these arab antics were shown on CNN."

They sometimes make it to Liveleak...

sectors were affected... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41121351)

> some sectors of its computer network were affected by a computer virus that infected workstations used by its employees

bootsectors, I presume?

saudi funded garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41121479)

the saudi wahabi lunatics donate money, books, etc to convert the west to uber sunni islam. remove their funding by all means necessary. kids are ill equipped to critically examine the well funded ideas tossed at them. I am all for free speech, the problem is super subsidized speech now has gone unchecked for ages. now a nerd with a pentium can express his speech with a few kilobytes of code and remove the funding source. grats

Re:saudi funded garbage (2)

Shavano (2541114) | about a year and a half ago | (#41121673)

Great, you don't like them. So lets infect their computers with destructive viruses that can also damage the computers of other people we have no problem with. This is not like spraying Aramco Sux on a wall. It affects innocent third parties.

Re:saudi funded garbage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41124161)

It only affects the fossile fuel trade. That is a side effect, but a positive one.

Re:saudi funded garbage (1)

Shavano (2541114) | about a year and a half ago | (#41127547)

It only affects the fossile fuel trade. That is a side effect, but a positive one.

Great. So everybody's fuel is more expensive. This is supposed by stupid little shit "hacktivists" to be a benefit. And you may get a copy of their shitty little virus on your computer or it may affect a computer with which you do business, interfering with your life and possibly compromising your data security.

Let these little asswipes come out of the closet, grow something useful on top of their brainstems and if they still feel like Aramco has something that needs to be dealt with, deal with it in a responsible way like adults instead of vandalizing computers anonymously.

Re:saudi funded garbage (1)

M1FCJ (586251) | about a year and a half ago | (#41124133)

You can stop buying petrol from them right now. Oh wait, you can't, entire American economy depends on cheap oil from Arabia.

Terrorism or counter-terrorism (2)

KublaKhan1797 (1240934) | about a year and a half ago | (#41121697)

Is this terrorism or counter-terrorism? So difficult to tell these days when both sides act the same.

Re:Terrorism or counter-terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41121845)

I'd say counter-terrorism. Aramco is essentially the money tree of the Saudis, who then use that case to finance Jihad and Dawa operations worldwide, thereby making every country unsafe due to Islamic infiltration. Not that a computer virus can achieve this, but the day that Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Qatar, Emirates, Kuwait, Libya, Algeria, Indonesia et al run out of oil, their 'strategic importance' will be diddley squat, and it'll be a lot easier to ignore them and put them in their place. The biggest, if not only reason Muslims are pandered to to the extent that they are is one word - OIL. Dry that up, and watch their economies implode.

Re:Terrorism or counter-terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41135499)

And with the loss of that oil watch every first world nation implode....

Re:Terrorism or counter-terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41122053)

Is this terrorism or counter-terrorism? So difficult to tell these days when both sides act the same.

How is this counter-terrorism? A group of people attacked a company's computers. The company produces and refines oil; it does not produce weapons or IEDs or have any links whatsoever to terrorism.

That's like saying that an attack against Chucky Cheese is a counter-terrorism operation because the batman shootings were performed by an American.

Re:Terrorism or counter-terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41122235)

It doesn't, but it's a fully owned subsidiary of the Saudi government. A government whose principle goal is indoctrinating people worldwide so that the world becomes more Islamic. Al Qaeda is composed of people created by that government's indoctrination of its citizens, Money from the Saudis are what go into building mosques just about anywhere, causing a dive in property values. Money from the Saudis are what fund Islamic dawa groups in prison so that those prisoners can go from a life of crime to a life of Jihad.

Essentially, a lot of Jihadi activity can be traced back to Saudi money. Well, Saudi Arabia is not China, where they have all the world's manufacturing. They're not an agricultural exporter like most countries. They don't make squat exporting dates. They have only ONE source of income - OIL. All that gets routed through Aramco.

So excuse me for not having any sympathies for this company when its operations get disrupted. It also means a disruption in the money supply to imams who are out to teach kids that Jews are apes/rats and Christians are swine/dogs, and that there is no such country as Israel on the planet.

Re:Terrorism or counter-terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41122247)

I would say the difference lies in who is lying, either way the terrorist has won, whether it is a false flag to raise oil prices, or aprincipaled attack on a "pocket" that supports another idea of life. the terrorist won, will you use ota file sharing around another computer, will you be looking over your shoulder for the big brother in the sky looking to "steal" your access points, the terrorist won.

Re:Terrorism or counter-terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41123055)

Heh... The Sauds back terrorism. Hell, Bin-Laden was a Saud. This was an attack on where the Sauds get all their money. It isn't clearly anti-terrorism/terrorism in the normal sense...but it COULD be unlike your chain of thought. Nice attempt at distraction, but no cigar...

Re:Terrorism or counter-terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41131847)

No, he was a Billionaire, and they dont have a religion. They just use religion to get the billions. Now tell me do you have balls to go after billionaires or just hide behind religios rhetoric?..

US-sponsored global terrorism (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41123721)

At least one thing we're number one in: Terrorism
Of random countries who don't obey in giving us all their resources for the price we tell them (zero).

Your country's next.

How does the virus destroy computers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41124093)

A virus that destroys centrifuges, OK. Now, a virus that destroys computers? There are certainly ways [ehow.com] to do physical harm to an infected computer, but do these apply here?

Saud targeted, Chavez hit? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#41124611)

There was a huge oil refinery explosion in Venezuela yesterday, at least 28 people died there, including civilians and kids. May be the CIA/NSA + .il did that, as the Axis of New York - Tel Aviv does not like Chavez, just like they do not like the ayatollahs of Iran. In the spring of 2012 there was a big fire and explosion on the largest iranian oil tanker filling sea terminal platform, which was caused by a SCADA wrecking computer malware that descended from the tilded Stuxnet-Duqu platform. Wired Mag says Iran has asked the UN ITU to investigate, which ITU does, because its heads are ex-USSR educated african tech guys, who strongly dislike the USA.

Re:Saud targeted, Chavez hit? (1)

couchslug (175151) | about a year and a half ago | (#41126515)

Refineries have leaks, fires, explosions, and other malfunctions fairly often. It's the nature of the petroleum beast. While the Iranian incident could be sabotage of one sort or another, it could also be an ordinary fuckup. A wise Iranian would blame sabotage.

Here's a "quiet" accident which caused massive damage:

"Insight: In hours, caustic vapors wreaked quiet ruin on biggest U.S. refinery"

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/06/25/us-usa-refinery-motiva-idUSBRE85O02720120625 [reuters.com]

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