Following Mirai, WannaCry and NotPetya attacks that caused substantial damages across many sectors in the past, safeguarding the ONG sector has been proved of foremost importance. Specifically, a cyber-attack in the ONG may lead to plant shutdown, equipment damage, undetected spills or safety measures violation that may result in injuries and even death. After several high-profile attacks, including the 2012 Saudi Aramco attack which unleashed a virus that affected 30,000 workstations, ONG companies have established their own protocols and prevention procedures.
In June 2017, A.P. Moller – Maersk fell victim to a major cyber-attack caused by the NotPetya malware, which also affected many organisations globally. As a result, Maersk’s operations in transport and logistics businesses were disrupted, leading to unwarranted impact.
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