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Cyberattack on Saipem detected

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Italian oil services company Saipem says it has identified a cyberattack from India on Monday that had primarily affected its servers in the Middle East.

According to a Saipem spokesperson, it’s unclear where the attack originated or who was behind it.

Bloomberg reports that there are numerous potential perpetrators. The company’s biggest client is Saudi Aramco with whom it has a framework agreement to 2021.

Phil Neray, VP of Industrial Cybersecurity at CyberX, a critical infrastructure and industrial cybersecurity firm based in Boston, commented, saying:

“It's still too early to tell, but given Saipem's position as a trusted third party supplier to Saudi Aramco, an educated guess would be that the adversary is the same one that attacked Saudi Aramco in the past – which points to the destructive Shamoon attacks of 2012 and 2016, now widely-attributed to Iran."

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