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Saudi Aramco computer system infected by virus

Saudi Arabian Oil Co (Saudi Aramco) said its computer systems had been shut down by a virus late on Wednesday, but it added that production had not been affected.

“On Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012, an official at Saudi Aramco confirmed that the company has isolated all its electronic systems from outside access as an early precautionary measure that was taken following a sudden disruption that affected some of the sectors of its electronic network,” the firm’s representatives stated.

“The disruption was suspected to be the result of a virus that had infected personal workstations without affecting the primary components of the network.”

After the virus attack, one of the hacker groups has taken credit for the breach (at least two collectives claim to be behind the attack) says that the virus has caused serious damage to Saudi Aramco’s infrastructure.

Rumors had spread among traders earlier on Wednesday that the state-owned company had been subjected to a hacking attack.

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