Malware Attacks Saudi Government Agencies

The Government agencies of Saudi Arabia were under Cyber Attack. The Malicious malware named as Shamoon hit the Government agencies and their websites which can spread computer systems and destroying data.

A few government agencies and vital installations suffered from a malware attack and it is disturbing their services. Among those agencies, transportation sector was one hit by an actor from outside the country, said, the Saudi Press agency.

Cyber Security corporations are saying that the malware called Shamoon or Disttrack that was previously attacked few oil companies of Saudi four years back and disabled 30,000 systems.

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Reports by the Security Organization Symantec, the latest malware attack Shamoon acting as a time bomb. Samples of malicious coding were designed to begin wiping data at 8:45 PM. On November 17, the end of the work became week in the country.

“Shamoon malware was specially designed with passwords that appear to have been stolen from the targeted organizations. How the attackers got the stolen credentials is still unknown, said, Symantec.

The Shamoon malware works by distributing across the network and copying itself to new computers. The new malware consists of a system-wiping function that will overwrite a hard disk and the data has been replaced with the image of 3-year-old Syrian boy who died in the Mediterranean Sea last year.

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Speaking about this, Palo Alto Networks said, to obtain access to the stolen passwords, the hackers behind Shamoon malware may have sent emails to their targets, tricking them into giving up their valid credentials or may have already had inside access.

It is unclear that who involved in this Cyber-attack, but the malware seems like the older version of Shamoon used in the 2012 attack against the Saudi Arabian Oil Company. That malware overwrote the hard disks with the images of burning U.S flag.