Code in Aramco Cyber Attack Indicates Lone Perpetrator
By: Eric Engleman and Michael Riley, Bloomberg
Within hours after a virus had
devastated the computer network of Saudi Arabian Oil Co., the
world’s largest state-owned crude oil exporter, investigators
began searching for evidence of who was behind the attack.
Although anonymous U.S. officials have been suggesting that
Iran was to blame for the Aug. 15 attack, the cyber detectives
say the virus’s code had none of the sophisticated elements that
would suggest state-sponsored programmers were responsible.
Instead, they said, as the virus spread through the network
of the company known as Saudi Aramco, destroying 55,000
computers, the malicious software failed to perform as its
designer had intended.