Iranian NOC subject to cyber attack
Friday, May 04, 2012
There have been widespread media reports about a cyber attack on Iran's national oil company on Monday April 23rd.
The virus hit the oil ministry and the national oil company and forced Iran to disconnect the control systems of Kharg Island, an export hub for Iran's crude and oil facilities bringing the production to a halt, according to Peter Beales, business development manager at Asset Guardian, a company which helps manage control system software.
"While there was no immediate threat to health and safety, the breach has caused loss of data and has necessitated the replacement of this information, delaying the return to full production," he said.
"In addition it has raised some serious concerns about their systems security and software management."