Saudi Aramco restores network after virus attack

Saudi-Aramco-IT-2Saudi Aramco has announced that it has fixed the malicious virus that attacked its computer network and has now restored all its main internal network services

Detected on August 15, the cyber attack originated from external sources and affected about 30,000 workstations, according to a Saudi Aramco statement.

The Saudi state oil company added that all of the firm's workstations have now been cleaned and restored to normal service.

Saudi Aramco president and chief executive officer Khalid Al-Falih said, “We addressed the threat immediately and our precautionary procedures, which have been in place to counter such threats, and our multiple protective systems, have helped to mitigate these deplorable cyber threats from spiralling."

Al-Falih confirmed that exploration, producing, exports and distribution operations remained intact, as did all production plants, because they function on isolated systems.

He added, "We would like to emphasise and assure our customers and partners that our core businesses of oil and gas exploration, production and distribution from the wellhead to the distribution network were unaffected and are functioning as reliably as ever.

“There is no doubt whatsoever about Saudi Aramco meeting its commitments to its customers worldwide.”

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