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Saudi Aramco computer network attacked by virus, operations unaffected

By JACOB GRONHOLT-PEDERSEN

DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia -- A serious computer virus that late Wednesday forced the world' s largest oil producer, Saudi Arabian Oil Co., to isolate all its electronic systems from outside access left the company' s operations unaffected, the company said Thursday morning.

“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,” Saudi Aramco said in a statement.

“The interruption has had no impact whatsoever on any of the company' s production operations,” it said.

The disruption is suspected to be the result of a virus that had infected personal workstations without affecting the primary servers and components of Saudi Aramco' s network, the company said.

Saudi Aramco produced an average of 9.1 million bpd of oil last year.

Dow Jones Newswires

 

08/20/2012

 

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