Hackers tried to trigger a blast at Saudi plant: NYT

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SOURCE: Khaleej Times Saudi Arabia

Time: March 16, 2018

Cyber attackers tried to trigger a deadly explosion at a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia in August and failed only because of a code glitch, The New York Times reported.

Investigators declined to identify the suspected attackers, but people interviewed by the newspaper unanimously said it most likely aimed to cause a blast that would have guaranteed casualties.A bug in the attackers’ code accidentally shut down the system instead, according to the report.

The cyber attack – which could signal plans for other attacks around the world – was likely the work of hackers supported by a government, according to multiple insiders interviewed by the newspaper.

All sources declined to name the company operating the plant as well as the countries suspected to have backed the hackers, The New York Times said.
Security experts, however, told the newspaper that Iran, China, Russia, Israel and the United States had the technical capacity to launch an attack of that magnitude.

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