Cyber ​​attack on Saudi oil company Aramco, demanding 50 million dollars to delete hacked data

Cyber ​​attack on Saudi oil company Aramco, demanding 50 million dollars to delete hacked data

Cyber ​​attack on Saudi oil company Aramco, demanding 50 million dollars to delete hacked data

Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, has confirmed that company data has been leaked to one of its contractors. A report by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) states that the company is now seeking a 50 million ransom for the stolen data.

The global oil and gas industry has long been criticized for not investing in cybersecurity. Aramco told the BBC in an emailed statement that “recently the company came to know about the theft of limited data which was in the possession of third party contractors”.

The Saudi energy company did not say which contractor was affected, which was hacked or how the files were stolen. “We confirm that the data theft was not caused by a breach of our system,” the company said. 

It will not affect our day-to-day operations and the company is maintaining its cyber security. The US news agency AP had earlier quoted a page on the Dark Net as saying that hackers had one terabyte (one thousand GB) of Aramco’s data.

The report states that the data on this page is being offered for deletion in exchange for 50 million dollars in cryptocurrency, although it is not yet clear who is behind it. Aramco did not immediately respond to a request from the BBC for comment on the AP report.

According to experts, the oil and gas industry, which includes companies owning oil wells, pipelines and refineries.  Has failed to invest in cybersecurity for many years. This is not the first time Aramco has been the target of a cyber attack. 

Earlier in 2012, the company’s computer network was infected with the so-called Simon virus. In addition, a cyber attack on pipelines in the United States in May this year shed light on weaknesses in the energy industry’s computer and network systems.

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