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Cyber-attacks Target Saudi State Agencies, Companies

Cyber-attacks Target Saudi State Agencies, Companies
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Saudi Arabia's Labor Ministry said its Hadaf human resources development fund was the latest victim of hackers who have been attacking the kingdom's government agencies and companies.

Cyber-attacks Target Saudi State Agencies, Companies

However, the ministry's data and client information were not affected, state-owned al-Ekhbariya TV said, citing ministry spokesman Khalid Aba Al-Khail.

The "Shamoon 2" virus hit various government agencies and the private sector, al-Ekhbariya reported, citing cyber security expert Hani Alzaid, who estimated more than 15 state bodies and corporations were targeted.

A cyber security center has been in contact with various entities targeted by the attacks and a statement is to be issued shortly.

Locating the virus and disabling it will take some time, al-Ekhbariya reported.

Saudi state TV didn't assign blame for the attacks.

Back in 2012, US officials claimed that Iran was behind the hack of Saudi Aramco, the world's biggest oil exporter.

The kingdom's General Authority of Civil Aviation was also targeted in the past.

Source: News Agencies, Edited by website team