Middle East Servers Targeted In Cyberattacks Against Saipem

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It has been reported that Italian oil-services company Saipem SpA has been hit by a cyberattack that targeted its servers in the Middle East on Monday. Servers in the Emirates and Saudi Arabia were hit the most, with attackers seeking to obtain administrative data. The only attack in Europe was in Aberdeen, Scotland. Saipem is still accessing the scope and impact of a cyberattack.

Andrea Carcano, Co-Founder and CPO at Nozomi Networks:

“Increasingly, attackers are targeting critical infrastructure, such as transportation systems and power grids, around the world. Due to the criticality of their services and gaps in cyber security protection, these systems have become attractive targets for cyber criminals.”

“With cyber threats like Triton, Industroyer and WannaCry along with other types of cybe rattacks targeting critical infrastructure growing in frequency and sophistication, it is imperative to put plans in place to address the problem. As more vulnerabilities and security issues are brought into the open a larger cyber security community is forming that is sharing its expertise and knowledge with a common goal to identify, raise awareness, and provide solutions to cyber security challenges. In addition, the innovation and implementation of advanced cybersecurity technologies, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, are an important step toward safe and reliable critical infrastructure.”

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