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Shamoon 3 Targets Energy Sector in Middle East

Italian oil and gas services company Saipem has confirmed that its systems were hit recently by a new variant of the notorious Shamoon malware. Shamoon may have also been used in attacks aimed at other energy sector organizations operating in the Middle East.

Saipem reported on Monday that some of its servers were hit by a cyberattack, but provided few other details. The company said the attack mainly impacted servers in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, along with some devices in India and Scotland.

After news of the incident broke, some experts immediately suspected a Shamoon-related attack, especially since Saudi Arabian oil giant Saudi Aramco, one of the first victims of Shamoon back in 2012, is a customer of Saipem.

Saipem has now confirmed that its systems have been hit by a new variant of Shamoon (aka DistTrack), and told Reuters that the incident impacted 300-400 servers and up to 100 PCs of a total of roughly 4,000...(continued)

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