News Summary: Computer attacks at Gulf energy cos.

Associated Press
FILE- In this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 file photo, Employees of the Saudi Aramco oil company prepare for the first day of the Arab Oil and Gas exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Computer security technicians are still trying to unravel how destructive viruses crippled two major Arab energy companies in recent weeks, but early indications suggest the infections were the result of a highly targeted and possibly coordinated sabotage attack. While pinpointing culprits in the shadowy world of cyber crime is tricky, some experts believe Iran itself the victim of computer attacks may have played a role. Others aren't so sure. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)
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FILE- In this Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007 file photo, Employees of the Saudi Aramco oil company prepare for the first day of the Arab Oil and Gas exhibition in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Computer security technicians are still trying to unravel how destructive viruses crippled two major Arab energy companies in recent weeks, but early indications suggest the infections were the result of a highly targeted and possibly coordinated sabotage attack. While pinpointing culprits in the shadowy world of cyber crime is tricky, some experts believe Iran itself the victim of computer attacks may have played a role. Others aren't so sure. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)

THE ATTACKS: Computer systems at two major Gulf energy companies were recently crippled.

SUSPECTED: Security technicians believe highly targeted virus attacks were to blame, though the companies aren't saying. Questions remain about the source of the strikes.

IMPACT: The computer disruptions at state oil giant Saudi Aramco and Qatari natural gas producer RasGas do not appear to have affected oil and gas production. Yet they highlight another risk to the security of energy supplies in the Persian Gulf region.

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