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Cyberattack strikes Italian EPC contractor Saipem

Saipem's GCC portfolio includes various multibillion-dollar energy projects

Italian EPC contractor Saipem announced a cyberattack on 10 December [representational image].
Italian EPC contractor Saipem announced a cyberattack on 10 December [representational image].

Computer servers belonging to Italian oil and gas contractor Saipem have been hit by a cyberattack, the business has confirmed.

The engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company announced the cyberattack on 10 December, but did not comment on the scope or impact of it.

The hit may have targeted the company's servers in the Middle East, according to Reuters and Bloomberg, reports by which cited comments from the company's head of digital innovation, Mauro Piasere.

READ: Saipem awards $14m Duqm Refinery contract to Oman's Galfar

In its 10 December statement, Saipem did not confirm that its servers in the Middle East had been targeted. Construction Week could not immediately verify the claims made by US media, and the EPC firm was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.

“We are collecting all the elements useful for assessing the impact on our infrastructure and the actions to be taken to restore normal activities,” Saipem said in its statement.

“We are also in the process of notifying the report of the incident to the competent authorities.”

Drilling specialist Saipem is working on several GCC energy projects at present, including the multibillion-dollar Duqm Refinery in Oman. Shares in the Milan-based business, which is listed on Italy's stock market, plunged more than 4% on 10 December following confirmation of the cyberattack. 

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