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Cyberattack on Saudi Oil Company Reads Like Zero Day

October 24, 2012 | post a comment | Mark Russinovich

On August 15 at exactly 11:08 a virus that had infected 30,000 computers of Saudi oil company Saudi Aramco woke up and deleted all the documents accessible to it, replacing the files with an image of a burning US flag. Sound familiar? If you read Zero Day, then it should, since the premise of Zero Day is a very similar attack, except directly against the US. The New York Times published an article today that reveals more information about the attack, including the official US theory that Iran was behind it. The incident highlights just how realistic and how at risk we are to a Zero Day-type attack:

NY Times: In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, U.S. Sees Iran Firing Back

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