Saudi Arabia jails three for spying on Aramco

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share

Saudi Arabia sentenced three nationals to prison terms for leaking confidential information about state-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Company, also known as Aramco, while they worked for a computer maintenance company contracted by the energy firm, Arab News reported.

One person was sentenced to six years in prison, while two others were given three-year prison terms each, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

The main suspect in the case stole hard disk drives from Aramco’s computers with one containing confidential information, as well as an external storage unit that belonged to an American engineer employed by Aramco, the newspaper added.

The newspaper said the case is not connected to the hacking attack on Aramco last August. That August 15 attack targeted 30,000 computers after a virus infected them aiming to stop crude oil and gas supplies.  None of the company’s employees or contractors were involved in that incident.

Related:
Companies
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team

Saudi king keeps close hand on oil in remodelling strategic team

King is clearly laying the ground for a generational shift in...

Insider: Oil and gas sector in fear of hackers as cyber attacks surge 179%

Insider: Oil and gas sector in fear of hackers as cyber attacks surge 179%

Experts have put the vital industry on high alert as the threat...

Saudi Arabia adds to oil power with new refineries

Saudi Arabia adds to oil power with new refineries

Two state-of-the-art plants set to redefine Gulf kingdom's role...

Most Discussed
  • 17
    Nakheel PR: The toughest job in Dubai?

    You forgot to mention the sewage pit between JLT and Jumeirah Park and the terrible landscaping in Jumeirah Park The chain link fencing they want to install... more

    Monday, 30 March 2015 9:05 AM - An Emaar Fan
  • 14
    Has Narendra Modi already lost the plot?

    Gaja - Anil is RIGHT this once! Modi stands for anarchy. Look at the way he is treating the minorities. Do you even for a second believe that he is innocent... more

    Sunday, 29 March 2015 1:42 PM - Ann
  • 14
    Dubai Int'l T1 is too congested, says Indian airline boss

    Question: All you people, criticizing my comment, do you work for Air India by any chance?

    Additionally, for all the whiners, I will provide you... more

    Tuesday, 31 March 2015 12:50 PM - Mosa