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Report: Saudi Government Computers Hit by Computer Virus Attack
Saudi officials said computer networks of the country’s government agencies and installations, including the country’s transport sector, have recently been hit by a computer virus attack. Saudi Arabia’s National Cyber Security Center, a division of the Saudi Interior Ministry, said on Thursday that the attack took place in mid-November, without elaborating on the identity of the hackers or the scale of the damage caused, SPA reported.
The virus was attempting to disrupt servers and plant malicious software in the kingdom’s computer systems, the center was cited as saying. The attack, which appeared to originate from abroad, was one of “several ongoing cyber attacks targeting government authorities,” it added. On Wednesday, several US security companies said that a version of Shamoon computer virus was used two weeks ago to cripple computers in Saudi Arabia. The virus affected tens of thousands of computers belonging to energy firms in the Middle East in 2012, including the Saudi Aramco oil company and the Qatari RasGas Co Ltd. “Why Shamoon has suddenly returned again after four years is unknown,” said the security response team of the Symantec Corp., adding, “However, with its highly destructive payload, it is clear that the attackers want their targets to sit up and take notice.”
WAR IN YEMEN 1 December 2016
The Struggles in Yemen
Yemen’s Houthis form surprise new government. The Iranian-backed Houthi movement has formed a new government in the capital of Yemen, in a surprise move that is expected to hinder efforts to end a 20-month-old civil war in the impoverished country.
The minority Shia group has been in control of Sanaa over the past two years, after driving out the internationally-recognized government and forcing its president, Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, to flee to neighboring Saudi Arabia.
The so-called National Salvation Government, formed on Monday, will be headed by Abdul Aziz Habtoor, a politician who had defected from Hadi’s government and joined the Houthi coalition last year, according to the movement’s news agency Saba.