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Mena on the frontline of energy sector cyber war

The Middle East and North Africa has become a battlefield in an increasingly hostile cyber-war. And the region’s vital energy sector is the frontline, says Justin Dargin

Computer screens at the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) indicate to anxious personnel that a massive Soviet attack is under way. Hundreds of bombers, nuclear-tipped inter-continental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) and submarines are heading for the US. NORAD prepares to retaliate and readies the US nuclear arsenal for a devastating counter-attack. But, at the last moment, humanity is saved, and it is discovered that the supposed Soviet nuclear attack was the result of a hacking gone wildly out of control. Sounds real? Thankfully, it was not. It was a scene from the 1983 blockbuster WarGames. The movie was released a full decade before the internet became commercialised and a ful

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