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Computer Security No 31: Saudi Arabia under cyber attack by Iran Malware sources
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Saudi Arabia under cyber attack by Iran Malware sources
The attack started on November 17 and targetted 6 major Saudi Arabian sites, including the central bank, the aviation ministry, the transportation ministry. The digital evidence points to Iran as the origin of the multiple attacks.
The attacks took place over the last two weeks, erasing data on computers; at this stage, there is no evidence of exfiltration (taking data away for espionage). This classifies the attack as an act of cyber war.
Thousands of computers were destroyed, according to Blumberg, erasing ciritical data and bringing operations to a halt for several days.
The "cyber bombs" were using the Shamoon virus, similar to the Iranian attacks on Aramco (major Saudi Oil company) in 2012. The attacks on Aramco had destroyed 35,000 computers.
More details on the story can be found at::- www.bloomberg.com/news/articles
Lewis, a Director at the Center for Strategic and International Studes in Washington asks the questions if it really was Iran (as a state actor) or perhaps another state operating from within Iran?
The investigators are trying to elucidate the motives for the attack, as there are direct consequences on key OPEC meetings and Trump's possible stance on the Iranian nuclear non-proliferation deal with UN security council last year.
The background is rooted in history and 2016 was already touted as the "Year of the great Middle East Cyberwar".
To read more about this history and the words of a former Director on the National Security Council: http://warontherocks.com
Cyber for Directors (Australia)
A new Mandatory Data Breach Notification Bill (Notifiable Data Breaches Bill) was introduced on 19 October into the House of Representatives and has already passed the second reading.
Business that are subject to the Privacy Act 1988 (updated in March 2014) are required to take steps to protect personal information. The 11 APPs (Australian Privacy Principles) give guidance on this.
Questions for Directors and Senior Executives:
- Is your business subject to the Privacy Act?
- Do you have a Cyber Security in place?
- Do you know how, whom and when to notify?
To read more, please go to: https://globalcompliancenews.com
Course on Cyber Security & Privacy for Directors and Senior Managers
Are you prepared for an attack?
Are you aware of your obligations and defence as a director or officer of the companyt?
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- Define and understand Cyber security
- Identify Directors Cyber obligations in the Corporate Governance context
- Discuss Cyber risk management
- What can you do as a Director and what questions to ask
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