RasGas works to get their systems online after cyber attack
A virus attacked RasGas, the second largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producer in Qatar crippling their computer systems. A spokesperson with RasGas confirmed that “an unknown virus affected the company’s office computer systems on Monday August 27. The key impact remains in the administrative IT system.” And added that “a specialist RasGas IT team, in [...]
Operational Systems on site and offshore are secure and the production and supply of LNG, pipeline gas and associated products have been uninterrupted. It is not yet clear the extent to which RasGas systems were affected. However, sensitive company information could have been compromised. After a similar breach at Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil company, ‘hackivists’ posted the e-mail address and password of the CEO, Khalid A. Al Falih and passwords for the companies Internet service routers online.
Stephan Berner, managing director at Help AG, an information security consulting specialist in the Middle East, tells TheEDGE that attacks can be mitigated “If an organisation implements the correct security roadmap. Furthermore, security breaches have become more a question of when rather than if. Having the right procedures in place can help organisations react better to an attack and thereby minimise the impact.”