Shamoon Resurfaces; Saudi on Alert

Following network disruptions, Organizations in the Kingdom have been warned to be on alert for cyber attacks, including a version of the destructive Shamoon virus.

saudiarabia_1105561This warning comes as a result of cyber attacks where the Ministry of Labor and Social Development, KSA said it had been attacked and a chemicals firm reported network disruptions.

Though the labor ministry was targeted by cyber attacks, it confirmed that no data had been lost. An alert from the telecoms authority advised all parties to be vigilant for attacks from the destructive Shamoon virus that in 2012 crippled of tens thousands of computers at oil giant Saudi Aramco.

Jubail-based Sadara Chemical Co, a joint venture firm owned by Saudi Aramco and U.S. company Dow Chemical, said it had experienced a network disruption on Monday morning and was working to resolve the issue. Though it was not clear whether the disruption was due to a cyber attack, however, as a security measure many had stopped all services related to the network. A number of companies in Jubail, the hub of the Saudi petrochemicals industry, also experienced network disruptions.