Saudi Arabia: Cyber Attack Hackers Tried to Use Gas Plant as a Weapon

Editor: Alexander Stark

For the first time, hackers attacked a gas plant with the intend of harming not only the plant but also the people working in it, cyber security experts say. Last year, the intruders infiltrated a Saudi Arabian gas plant attempting to manipulate and destroy vital security systems.

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In Summer 2017 the hackers intruded the plants' network and targeted the control of the security system.
In Summer 2017 the hackers intruded the plants' network and targeted the control of the security system.
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Washington/USA — The cybersecurity firm Fireeye said in an internal report that the virus was developed with the help of Russia's Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics, which is said to have close ties with the country's military. The security company was hired by the victim to investigate the attack. Since December 2017, experts had been analyzing data documenting the attack.

In Summer 2017 the hackers intruded the plants' network and targeted the control of the security system. Since this system's sole purpose is to protect people and the environment from harm, this attack seems to be more severe than other known incidents.

Fireey revealed on their website that the Russian institute was behind the development of the malware used in the attack.

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