Pierluigi Paganini November 10, 2022
A bug in ABB Totalflow flow computers exposed oil and gas companies to attack

A flaw in the ABB Totalflow system used in oil and gas organizations could be exploited by an attacker to inject and execute arbitrary code. Researchers from industrial security firm Claroty disclosed details of a vulnerability affecting ABB Totalflow flow computers and remote controllers. Flow computers are used to calculate volume and flow rates for oil […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 15, 2019
Drone attacks hit two Saudi Arabia Aramco oil plants

Drone attacks have hit two major oil facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco in Saudi Arabia, one of them is the Abqaiq site. Drone attacks have hit Saudi Arabia’s oil production suffered severe damage following a swarm of explosive drones that hit two major oil facilities run by the state-owned company Aramco in Saudi […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 12, 2018
A new variant of Shamoon was uploaded to Virus Total while Saipem was under attack

A new variant of the Shamoon malware, aka DistTrack, was uploaded to VirusTotal from Italy this week, but experts haven’t linked it to a specific attack yet. Shamoon was first observed in 2012 when it infected and wiped more than 30,000 systems at Saudi Aramco and other oil companies in the Middle East. Four years later, a […]

Pierluigi Paganini August 30, 2014
Oil and energy industry in Norway is under attack

According to a government agencies around 300 oil and energy companies in Norway have been targeted by one of the biggest hacking campaign. Nearly 300 oil and energy companies in Norway have been targeted by one of the biggest cyber attacks ever to happen in the country, a government source reported last week. The identities of the firms […]

Pierluigi Paganini June 24, 2013
Anonymous and state-sponsored hackers threaten energy sector

The energy sector is threaten with increasing frequency by hacktivists, state-sponsored hackers and cybercriminals… The number of cyber attacks against energy sector is increased creating great concerns within the security community. Oil and gas firms are subject to continuous offensives moved by hacktivists and state-sponsored attacks, their activities are crucial for any country and due this reason are considered privileged targets. […]

Pierluigi Paganini December 27, 2012
Stuxnet is Back! No, new agencies have misunderstood

Everytime a news related to Stuxnet is spread in internet immediately the world wide security community writes on cyber war and the possible consequences of a cyber attacks, but what is really happened this time? Iranian authorities claim to have rejected a new cyber attack against industrial units located in the south of the country, […]

Pierluigi Paganini October 04, 2012
New cyber attacks have caused serious damage to Internet connection in Iran

High tension in the cyberspace, recently a series of attacks have hit oil companies and also banking and Iran was blamed for most of them. This time the scenario appears overturned, according a news published few hours ago a huge cyber attack have targeted Iranian infrastructure and communications companies, causing serious damages to Internet connection. […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 28, 2012
Are they Islamic hacktivists? In the meantime Netanyahu draws a red line

Last Wednesday the web site of U.S. Bank has been hit by a DDoS attack, that caused its block, launched by a group of Islamic hacktivists who have claimed responsibility for event. The web site remained down for an hour, starting at around 3:30 Pacific, due the impossibility to serve the huge quantity of requests. […]

Pierluigi Paganini September 24, 2012
Iran,increasing tension with Western countries under cyber perspective

The tensions between Iran and Western countries are always in the principal news, the fear for an imminent Israel attack raises many questions regarding the real level of military preparedness of the regime. Many experts have tried to analyzed a possible scenario of the attack, in which the cyber component could assume a strategic importance. […]

Pierluigi Paganini March 07, 2012
Iran from cyber warfare to the oil war

Winds of war blowing in the Middle East, increasingly insistent rumors of a possible attack on Iran by Israel or the U.S.. In internet it is possible to find many news regarding the topic that declare both Iran and nations opposing them seem intentioned to attack. In this stage, the contenders are engaged in a mutual and intense […]