Apparently Saudi based telecom operator, Mobily, has been busy buiilding a system for intercepting mobile communications including Twitter, Viber and Whatsapp. They approached world famous Moxie Marlinspike for help and in a blog post, Moxie relates the correspondence he had with Yasser D. Airuhaily, executibve manager of network information security at Mobily:
Saudi Arabia is threatening to block several popular Internet chat, call, and messaging services if they don't get in line with the country's regulatory requirements.
The apps in question include Skype, WhatsApp, and Viber, according to the country's official news agency SPA.
Saudi Arabia’s national oil company, Aramco, said on Sunday that a cyberattack against it in August that damaged some 30,000 computers was aimed at stopping oil and gas production in Saudi Arabia, the biggest exporter in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
The attack on Saudi Aramco — which supplies a tenth of the world’s oil — failed to disrupt production, but was one of the most destructive hacker strikes against a single business.
Although 30,000 of its computers were affected by the cyberattack that targeted the company on August 15, the CEO of Saudi Aramco Khalid A. Al-Falih claimed that none of their critical services or business transactions had been impacted.
Present at a company workshop on cybersecurity, Al-Falih has told the audience that the organization has been aware of the fact that IT poses great risks, which is why they've continually fortified their networks with “rigorous protection technologies.”
A timer found in the Shamoon cyber-sabotage malware discovered last week matches the exact time and date when a hacktivist group claims to have disabled thousands of computers from the network of Saudi Aramco, the national oil company of Saudi Arabia.