Oil giant Saudi Aramco hit by hackers, virus infects 30,000 PCs

By Leeky
Sep 7, 2012
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  1. Saudi Aramco, a Saudi Arabian oil giant responsible for supplying a tenth of the world's oil, has instructed six separate firms with expertise in hacking and viruses to investigate a massive breach of security that infected 30,000 of the company's...

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  2. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 699   +164

    Ah insider was partly to blame huh? Well that's really all you need I guess. When you have access to the physical machine you can do anything.
  3. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    I feel for the tech crew going around cleaning these machines. Even a large tech crew will have trouble cleaning 30,000 machines.
  4. NeoFlux

    NeoFlux TS Booster Posts: 97   +10

    "...wiped the hard drives..."

    Not much to clean, right? ;)
  5. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    That doesn't mean the virus has been purged from the system.
  6. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,151   +598

    Depends upon how it was done. There's only two major structures on the drive, the MBR and the Partitions(s).
    A low level format (where every block is rewritten with its block number) will obliterate everything.

    With many systems to 'repair' the clear choice is to create a master image and blow it onto every system.

    Kind of wish I had that contract $$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  7. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    Maybe they have information showing that OPEC really has been price fixing gas since the 1970's. Now that would be a laugh riot. Its going to be interesting to see what unfolds from all of this. Information is the new gold now a days.
  8. jackal2687

    jackal2687 TS Enthusiast Posts: 85   +12

    I would love to see if they release the info that it turns out that most of the US Congress and perhaps presidency is on the payroll.
    ikesmasher likes this.
  9. Arris

    Arris TS Evangelist Posts: 4,587   +278

    We had some middle eastern clients cut their access to the outside world altogether because of this, then wondered why their data wasn't being updated.... /facepalm.
  10. ryanb2145

    ryanb2145 TS Rookie

    As long as it can't save itself to the cmos chip then ya wiping the hard drives (and other media possibly) would do it. :eek:

    I'm honestly wouldn't be surprised if they used this to raise prices.
  11. ryanb2145

    ryanb2145 TS Rookie

    Sorry typo: I honestly

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