INCIDENT: 30,000 Hard drives wiped by virus

Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Aramco, said that a cyber attack damaged approximately, 30,000 computers. The attack was aimed at stopping oil and gas production in Saudi Arabia. The company shut down its main internal network for more than a week. The computer virus, Shamoon, spread through Amarco’s network and wiped computers’ hard drives clean. Fortunately, the damage was limited to office computers and didn't affect control systems software that would impact technical operations.

Incident Date

January 1, 2013


Middle East

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.


Type of Malware:


  • Compromise of Saudi Aramco and RasGas
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