Saipem identifies digital attack on its Middle East servers

ransomware 2320941 640Italian oil and gas industry contractor Saipem has announced that it had identified a cyber attack against some of its server systems in the Middle East

"We are collecting all the elements useful for assessing the impact on our infrastructures and the actions to be taken to restore normal activities," the firm added.

Saipem's head of digital and innovation, Mauro Piasere, told Reuters that the attack had originated in Chennai, India.

Servers in Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Kuwait had been attacked as too, partially, had the infrastructure in Aberdeen in Scotland, he said. But he added the group's servers in its main operating centres in Italy, France and Britain had not been affected.

“The servers involved have been shut down for the time being to assess the scale of the attack,” he commented, adding that data backup systems would be activated once the threat was eliminated.

Saipem said it was notifying the report of the incident to the competent authorities.

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