By Arno Maierbrugger
Deputy Business Editor
July 1, 2010
Dubai: It takes nothing more than a simple Google search and the use of
an appropriate keyword string to get access to the web server of some of
the largest companies in the Middle East, a recent trial of German web
hacking experts has shown.
They said they were able to access web servers of the world's largest
oil exploration company, Saudi Aramco, of the Pearl Qatar development
and several other regional company networks.
According to a member of the German hacker community, who informed Gulf
News but understandably does not want to have his name published,
Aramco's "poorly secured" web server is "like an open book" for those
who conduct a specially crafted search query to reach file directories.
The web specialists were able to access and download confidential
documents such as technical drawings, detailed information on oil rigs
and even blueprints of the infrastructure, fire protection system and
communication network of the world's largest oil field, Al Ghawar. Some
of the downloaded documents can be viewed on the hackers' website.
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