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Saudi Arabia Blames Iran For Serious Cyber Attacks

By Julianne Geiger | 2 December 2016

OIL PRICE — Saudi Arabia was hacked again—in a major way—two weeks ago, destroying computers at six critical organizations in the country, according to Saudi news agency, SPA, who reported the incident just this week.

The Saudi aviation regulator, The General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) was one of the targets — Saudi Arabia would not identify the other five targets.

The cyber attackers used a variant of the Shamoon virus, which is the same virus that wiped the hard drives at Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil giant, Saudi Aramco, back in 2012. For that incident, the virus wiped clean any computer in its wake, and replaced every file it came in contact with, with an image of a burning American flag. The incident was claimed by The Cutting Sword of Justice, which accused the “Al-Saud” regime of being corrupt and sponsoring “such oppressive measures by using Muslims oil resources.” 

This time around, no one has taken responsibility for the incident. […]

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