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Aramco Cyber-attack not inside job – Al-Turki | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Dammam, Asharq Al-Awsat – Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Monsour Al-Turki said on Sunday that the cyber-attacks that hit the kingdom’s oil giant Aramco and Qatari natural gas producer RasGas in August originated outside the kingdom.

Maj. Gen. al-Turki said in a press conference Sunday that an investigation concluded that an “organized foreign group … was behind the attacks” and that Aramco employees were not involved. He did not name the group, or its place of origin.

Al-Turki went on to say that “The Interior Ministry with cooperation from Aramco have reached encouraging results regarding the cyber-attack on Aramco during the holy month of Ramadan”.

The cyber-attacks used a virus, known as Shamoon, which can spread through networked computers and ultimately wipes out files by overwriting them.

Aramco has said production wasn’t affected.

Two previously unknown groups claimed responsibility for the Aramco attack.