Qatar’s RasGas Suffers Virus Hit

Tuesday, September 4, 2012 @ 10:09 AM gHale

Qatar’s RasGas found a virus in its office computer network, the world’s second-biggest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter said last Thursday, just two weeks after Saudi Armaco suffered a hack attack that hit 30,000 desktops.

“The company’s office computers have been affected by an unknown virus … It was first identified on Monday,” RasGas, one of two Qatari LNG producers, said in a statement.

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“Operational systems both onsite and offshore are secure and this does not affect production at the Ras Laffan Industrial City plant or scheduled cargoes.”

Sources at the CIA said RasGas was the victim of the Shamoon virus, which was the same virus that targeted about 30,000 desktop PCs at Saudi Aramco Aug. 15.

Saudi Aramco also said oil production and key data were unaffected by the intrusion into its office networks by a virus thought designed to wipe files from desktop hard drives.

But for the past two weeks, the Saudi Aramco website, taken offline by the company to limit options for further attacks, remained down.

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