Bapco, the national oil company of the Persian Gulf island nation of Bahrain, was reportedly targeted in a Dec. 29 disk wiper attack that officials believe originated from Iran-backed hackers.

Iran is historically associated with past disk wiper campaigns against energy companies, most notably the destructive Shamoon or Disttrack malware attack against the Saudi Arabian Oil Company Saudi Aramco in 2012, which destroyed roughly 35,000 computer workstations.

However, this latest digital assault appears to have been less effective. Only a fraction of Bapco's machines were affected -- not enough to substantially disrupt operations, ZDNet has reported. According to the same report, a recently published (courtesy ZDNet) security alert by Saudi Arabia's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) was actually referring to the Bapco incident when it warned of a newly discovered wiper called Dustman.

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