DOHA Dec 1 A computer virus attack in
mid-November targeted Saudi government bodies and vital
installations including the kingdom's transport sector, Saudi
state news agency SPA reported on Thursday.
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.
It did not give further details of the identity of the
attacker or the damage that had been done, beyond saying the
virus aimed to disrupt servers and plant malicious software in
computer systems. A Ministry of Interior spokesman did not
immediately respond to a request for comment.
U.S. 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
(Reporting by Tom Finn; Additional reporting by Maha El Dahan
in Dubai; Editing by Andrew Torchia)