June 23, 2021: Saudi Aramco Data Breach
Saudi Aramco, the state oil company of Saudi Arabia, was the focus of a $50 million data breach.
Aramco is describing the attack as an indirect release of a limited amount of company data held by third-party contractors. Saudi Aramco said there was no breach of its systems and said the attack had no impact on its operations. However, it became aware of the indirect release of a limited amount of company data which was held by third-party contractors.
A listing for the stolen data was posted on June 23.
January 1, 2012: Computer Virus Targets Saudi Arabian Oil Company
WIZARD SPIDER is a sophisticated eCrime group that has been operating the Ryuk ransomware since August 2018, targeting large organizations for a high-ransom return. This methodology, known as “big game hunting,” signals a shift in operations for WIZARD SPIDER. This actor is a Russia-based criminal group known for the operation of the TrickBot banking malware that had focused primarily on wire fraud in the past.
December 1, 2017: Safety Instrumented System is disabled by malware
Triton, which has been called the Worlds 1st murderous malware was discovered in 2017. In December 2017, it was reported that the safety systems of an unidentified petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia were compromised when the Triconex industrial safety technology made by Schneider Electric SE was targeted in what is believed to have been a state sponsored attack. The computer security company Symantec claimed that the malware, known as "Triton", exploited a vulnerability in computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. The intention of Triton was to disable the safety instrumented systems, thus earning the name of the 1st murderous malware.