The New York Times reports that unknown computer hackers, who call themselves "Cutting Sword of Justice", have claimed responsibility for spreading a malicious virus into Saudi Aramco, which is owned by the Saudi Arabian government.
The hackers claim to have destroyed three-quarters of Saudi Aramco's computers using a virus similar to the government-created Flame.
According to the hacker group's new Pastebin post, it plans to launch another cyber attack on Saudi Aramco on Saturday and says to "be prepared for something you will see in your eyes and you will not be able to stop..." Remember, this attack isn't your typical DDoS attack of hacktivists from the past — it's malicious software that infects and destroys computers. The last attack destroyed over 30,000 computers.
Here is the threat from the Cutting Sword of Justice:
According to media which we rarely believe, Saudi Aramco is thinking that the 15 aug attack was done by us but with a man in the middle helping us with different kind of info and that's the reason why the head management of Aramco is still investigating.. Garbage investigation.
What we're going to do to prove our ability to do more? well, we don't really need or even feel like proving anything to anyone and show them that we can, but here is a headline story:
we are going to make it, next week, once again, and you will not be able by 1% to stop us.
Date: 25 august 2012 Time: 21:00 GMT
That's will happen for two reason: 1- you're brutal and selfish to harm any employee just for the sake of expecting. 2- we do hate, hate a lot, arrogance.
Be prepared for something you will see in your eyes and you will not be able to stop it.
The Cutting Sword of Justice are a relatively unknown group of hackers who have targeted Saudi Aramco because of the Saudi government's support for "oppressive measures" in the Middle East. We'll see what happens this weekend. [New York Times]