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USA Sees Iran as the Cyberattak on Saudi Arabia's Oil Company

robert38-55robert38-55 Senior MemberPosts: 3,621 Senior Member
The hackers picked the one day of the year they knew they could inflict the most damage on the world’s most valuable company, Saudi Aramco.

On Aug. 15, more than 55,000 Saudi Aramco employees stayed home from work to prepare for one of Islam’s holiest nights of the year — Lailat al Qadr, or the Night of Power — celebrating the revelation of the Koran to Muhammad.

That morning, at 11:08, a person with privileged access to the Saudi state-owned oil company’s computers, unleashed a computer virus to initiate what is regarded as among the most destructive acts of computer sabotage on a company to date. The virus erased data on three-quarters of Aramco’s corporate PCs — documents, spreadsheets, e-mails, files — replacing all of it with an image of a burning American flag.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/49528938/ns/world_news-the_new_york_times/?ocid=msnhp
"It is what it is":usa:

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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,428 Senior Member
    Doesn't melted sand make good plate glass?
    Jerry
  • FisheadgibFisheadgib Senior Member Posts: 5,797 Senior Member
    I find it kinda tough to sympathise as half of Saudi is somehow related to the royal family and has "privileged access" to anything they want. Let's not forget where Bin Laden's family and money came from.
    snake284 wrote: »
    For my point of view, cpj is a lot like me
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  • horselipshorselips Senior Member Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    I can't wait to elect Mitt Romney so we can put this imported energy fiasco behind us. Once we're energy independent we can flip off OPEC.
  • snake284-1snake284-1 Senior Member Posts: 2,500 Senior Member
    Fisheadgib wrote: »
    I find it kinda tough to sympathise as half of Saudi is somehow related to the royal family and has "privileged access" to anything they want. Let's not forget where Bin Laden's family and money came from.

    This doesn't bother me so much because it's been like this as long as they found oil and have come out of the tent and into town. BTW, I love Saudis, they all come to Baharain to drink and have fun.They, the people there, love Americans.
    I'm Just a Radical Right Wing Nutt Job, Trying to Help Save My Country!
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    Teach wrote: »
    Doesn't melted sand make good plate glass?
    Jerry

    :spittingcoffee::spittingcoffee::agree: Quick and to the point Teach!!!!!!!!! You crack me up!!!!!!!!! it probably does, Teach, and probably makes for good costume jewelry too!!!
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • robert38-55robert38-55 Senior Member Posts: 3,621 Senior Member
    What I found puzzling about this is I thought that all the Muslims stuck together like white on rice. Maybe not. Knowing the fact that Bin Laden is from Saudi Arabia, then why would Islamic Muslim cyber terrorist attack their own kind?
    "It is what it is":usa:
  • breamfisherbreamfisher Senior Member Posts: 13,490 Senior Member
    If they're Islamic, they're already Muslim. Those two are synonyms.

    Muslims don't stick together, but Arabs generally do. Iranians are of a different ethnicity, being "Aryan" which is a type of Indo-European peoples.

    Then there's the fact that Iranians are primarily of the Shiite (or Shia) sect of Islam, while Saudi Arabia and a lot of the Arab world are Sunnis. That's all based on caliphates and who took over after Mohammed, but the thing is, the two don't get along. So to assume that just because it's in the region and they share the same basic religion they would all get along is, well, wrong. There are differences, big differences to them, that lead to antagonism.
    Overkill is underrated.
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