Compromise of Bahraini government agencies and critical infrastructure
Date of report
  • August 2019
A threat actor broke into the systems of Bahrain's National Security Agency, Ministry of Interior, and office of the first deputy prime minister. On July 25, 2019, Bahraini authorities detected intrusions into its electric and water authority that shut down several systems. The attacks were similar to two hacks in 2012, in which the Shamoon virus was used to knock Qatar's natural gas firm RasGas offline and wipe data from the hard drives at Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia's national oil company.
Suspected victims
  • Bahrain
Suspected state sponsor
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Type of incident
  • Sabotage
Target category
  • Government
  • Private sector
Suspected state sponsor response