Several Saudi government websites attacked by hackers

US security firms said on Wednesday that a version of Shamoon was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)

Saudi government bodies, vital institutions and facilities including the kingdom’s transport sector were targeted by hackers, according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The attack appeared to originate outside the country and was one of “several ongoing cyberattacks targeting government authorities”, SPA quoted the National Cyber Security Center, an arm of the Ministry of Interior, as saying.

The virus aimed to disrupt servers and plant malicious software in computer systems.

US security firms said on Wednesday that a version of Shamoon, the destructive computer virus that four years ago crippled tens of thousands of computers at Middle Eastern energy companies, was used two weeks ago to attack computers in Saudi Arabia.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:50 - GMT 06:50
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