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Qatar Gas Firm Gets Virus, 2nd Middle East Utility Hit in a Week

Qatar Gas Firm Gets Virus, 2nd Middle East Utility Hit in a Week - top government contractors - best government contracting eventA large supplier of liquified natural gas based in Qatar was recently infected by a virus that paralyzed the firm’s internal email services, Doha News reports.

A spokeswoman for RasGas told the website the virus did not affect cargo operations and gas production at its facility in Ras Laffan in Qatar’s northeastern coast.

However, the company’s website went down during the Aug. 27 attack, according to the report.

RasGas, a joint venture of Qatar Petroleum and ExxonMobil, provides countries 36 million tonss of the gas per year.

The attack on RasGas came a few days after a virus incapacitated 30,000 workstations in a Saudi Arabian oil supplier.

In both instances, a group that calls itself “Cutting Sword of Justice“ claimed responsibility and said it was targeting the Al-Saud ruling family of Saudi Arabia.

Iran has seen two viruses hit its oil and nuclear facilities within the past two years and researchers have found similarities in coding between the Stuxnet and Flame viruses.

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