Virus/Worm Infects New Oil Platform

Event Year: 2003 Reliability: Unknown or Unlikely
Country: Norway
Industry Type: Petroleum

There were strong (but unconfirmed) rumors that a new platform Grane experienced production shutdown because of a virus attack hitting the ABB control system.

The Grane ABB system is based on ABB’s latest Industrial IT platform. Information is that ABB had not installed virus checking software on this system initially because of concerns regarding adverse affects on performance. ABB and the company have apparently had a major investigation and shake up in how they handle similar situations in the future and it is understood that virus checking software is now installed.


Raised concern and awareness.

Action Description: Installed AV.