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Bapco on hackers hit list.

chemical companies that could be targeted by infamous hacking group Anonymous.

Internet security firm Symantec has issued a notice on its website warning about a cyber attack that is scheduled to begin on Friday, called Operation Petrol.

The threat made by Anonymous, which has carried out denial-of-service attacks on multinational corporations such as PayPal, MasterCard, Visa, and Sony in the past, states that they are planning to attack petrochemical companies in protest at the US dollar being used as the currency to buy and sell oil.

Symantec released a list of some of the possible company targets including Kuwait Oil Company, Petroleum Development Oman, Qatar Petroleum, Saudi Aramco, Bapco and many more.

"There are limited details regarding the specific tools that will be used as part of this operation," said the security firm in its 'Emerging Threats' statement.

"Based on previous observations, the attacks will most likely leverage multiple attack vectors, including 'run-of-the-mill' distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, phishing/spear-phishing emails, intrusion and data-theft attempts, vulnerable software exploration, web application exploits, and possibly website defacement.

"Note that denial of service attacks and other activity may be a diversion from more profit-oriented attacks such as fraudulent wire transfers."

No-one from Bapco could be reached for comment.

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Publication:Gulf Daily News (Manama, Bahrain)
Date:Jun 18, 2014
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