SAUDI ARABIA: #Shamoon, an aggressive computer virus that targeted the energy sector four years ago, has been used in a new wave of #Cyberattacks according to security experts – @AceNewServices

#AceNewsReport – Dec.01: The attacks, which Saudi Arabia confirmed, appeared to be the latest use of malware to disrupt high-profile targets. Shamoon was also used in 2014 against the Las Vegas Sands and Sony.

The Saudi government confirmed the latest breaches on Thursday, after several cybersecurity firms noted them. Bloomberg News reported that thousands of computers were damaged at the headquarters of the General Authority of Civil Aviation starting in mid-November, “erasing critical data and bringing operations there to a halt for several days,” although operations at Saudi airports did not appear to be affected.

A version of Shamoon, an aggressive computer virus that targeted the Saudi energy sector four years ago, has been used in a new wave of attacks in Saudi Arabia, according to security experts.

The attacks, which Saudi Arabia confirmed, appeared to be the latest use of malware to disrupt high-profile targets. Shamoon was also used in 2014 against the Las Vegas Sands and Sony.

The Saudi government confirmed the latest breaches on Thursday, after several cybersecurity firms noted them. Bloomberg News reported that thousands of computers were damaged at the headquarters of the General Authority of Civil Aviation starting in mid-November, “erasing critical data and bringing operations there to a halt for several days,” although operations at Saudi airports did not appear to be affected.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency, citing a government statement, reported on Thursday that the national cybersecurity department had detected what officials called a systemic attack on crucial government agencies, including in the transportation sector.

The attacks were aimed at halting operations, stealing data and planting viruses, the news service reported.

Computer virus attack targeted Saudi government installations – state news agency

The attack appeared to originate outside the country and was one of “several ongoing cyber attacks targeting government authorities“, SPA quoted the National Cyber Security Center, an arm of the Ministry of Interior, as saying.

It did not give further details of the identity of the attacker or the damage that had been done, beyond saying the virus aimed to disrupt servers and plant malicious software in computer systems. A Ministry of Interior spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

U.S. security firms said on Wednesday that a version of #Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia.

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