Google Alert – Iranian programmers hit Bahrain’s national oil organization (Cyber Attack)

New Iranian data wiper malware hast struck Bapco, Bahrain’s national oil company. The malware is dubbed “Dustman” by the Saudi Arabia National Cybersecurity Authority, as Chris Kennedy of AttackIQ explains.

yber-experts working at the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), which is apart of Saudi Arabia’s National Cyber Security Authority (NCSA), identified the data wiping malware as “Dustman”. The malware that hit BAPCO, Bahrain’s national oil company, on December 29, 2019.

The malware was designed to delete data from infected computers. The malware, according to CISIO Magazine, was named after the filename and string embedded in the malware.

Some commentators believe the malware attack to have been state-sponsored, noting how the Iranian government has a history of undertaking cyberattacks. If proven, this would make Dustman the latest iteration of data wiping malicious codes. The most infamous case was in 2012, when an attack , identified as originating from Iran, took place against Saudi Aramco (using the malware Shamoon (also known as Disttrack)).

According to ZDNet, this latest cyberattack demonstrates how advanced Iran’s technical capabilities are in relation to having the capacity and knowledge to launch destructive cyber-attacks This concern has led the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had is to issue an alert to U.S. companies and government offices.

Commenting for Digital Journal on the cyberattack, Chris Kennedy, CISO and VP of customer success, AttackIQ says that “cyberattacks are commonly used in warfare today as they are cheaper and easier than any other kind of army to raise.
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Iranian state-sponsored hackers have deployed a new strain of data-wiping malware on the network of Bapco, Bahrain’s national oil company:

— Adam Levin (@Adam_K_Levin) January 10, 2020

SCOOP: New Iranian data wiper malware hits Bapco, Bahrain’s national oil company

* Attack took place on Dec 29
* Hackers used Dustman, an improved version of the ZeroCleare wiper
* Wiper didn’t work as intended, didn’t destroy company’s entire PC

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