Gulf NOCs Face Cyber Attack

Cyber security firm Symantec this week warned that the notorious ‘Anonymous’ hackers group is set to target regional oil firms around 20 June.

Symantec says Anonymous will also target the governments of key Gulf oil-producers Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar. The list of potential oil and gas company targets, which exceeds 55 firms, includes regional heavy-hitters such as Saudi Aramco, Kuwait Oil Company, Adnoc and Qatar Petroleum.

Most Anonymous cyber assaults go no further than distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, which generally render websites or servers temporarily unavailable. Anonymous has a mixed record in terms of its ability to carry through with its threats. The group issued a similar threat against regional oil and gas companies last June, but it is unclear if it followed through with any form of cyber attack.


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