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Online Assaults on Saudi Aramco Possibly from Radical Islamist Group

The United States authorities in several instances have asserted that it's Iran which's behind the Shamoon malicious program related cyber-assault on Saudi Aramco. Nevertheless, as per fresh clue, the assault may be from one radical Islamist group operating from Saudi Arabia, so reported softpedia.com dated January 24, 2013.

United States officials believed that malicious software, which novice developers created, could not have caused hazards to as-many-as 30,000 PCs like in the incident of Shamoon against Saudi Aramco. According to them, it was certainly one country such as Iran, which used the malicious software for the assaults.

However, Chief Technology Officer John Bumgarner of the United States Cyber Consequences Unit provided one summary report to Defense IQ, a legitimate source of news that supplies exclusive and high-quality analysis and commentary over topics ranging from military to global defense. Titled "Decapitating Saudi Aramco with the Sword of Justice," the report assumes a few interesting things about Shamoon's source.

For example, the malware's perpetrators designed it for becoming active on 15th August 2012 the date for the celebration of Laylat al-Qadr in Saudi Arabia that's a vital religious function during the festival of Ramadan.

They also designed Shamoon for becoming active only at 11:08 in the morning at Arabia Standard Time. Possibly, the time refers to the "Surat Hud" Chapter No.11, Verse 8 of the Muslim religious book 'Quran' according to which, any delay in badly affecting the perpetrators with the country's punishment during a stipulated hour will prompt the perpetrators to enquire the reason for the delay. And when the punishment gets executed on the perpetrators, that day nobody will manage in fleeing it while the one that's mocked will engulf the perpetrators from all directions, the verse sates.

The meaning of this is that punishment will be meted out to somebody at one pre-scheduled hour. In Saudi Aramco's instance, the punishment occurred via the cyber-assaults executed during the fixed hour. Moreover, the meaning of nobody managing to flee the punishment is clear from the worldwide headlines the online assaults against Saudi Aramco hit, while all countries internationally scrutinized the particular assaults in 2012.

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