Piasere said servers in the Saudi Arabia and UAE were hit the most, with attackers asking to acquire administrative data. The only attack in Europe was in Scotland, Aberdeen where the company appoints fewer than 30 people.

The Italian company Saipem is still evaluating the scope and influence of a cyber attack that aimed its servers in the Middle East, according to the leader of the innovation and digital.

Mauro Piasere said by phone, “We’re keeping the servers down to understand what happened. Once that’s clear “we will be able to load the backup.” The Milan-based company said earlier Monday that a cyber attack had been detected and is taking actions to reinstitute normal activities, without sharing further details.

Piasere said servers in the Saudi Arabia and UAE were hit the most, with attackers asking to acquire administrative data. The only attack in Europe was in Scotland, Aberdeen where the company appoints fewer than 30 people.

A professor of computer security at the Italian university Politecnico di Milano said, “As a significant international oil and gas leader, Saipem is part of one of Italy’s core critical infrastructures, and this positioning attracts a perfect storm of both financially motivated and state-sponsored attackers

Zanero said, “ Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East in general, is a very sensitive region which could point to either economic espionage, state-sponsored information gathering or even an hacktivism-inspired incident”.

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