Saud Aramco was hacked, hackers demanded $ 50 million in data ransom

Saud Aramco was hacked, hackers demanded $ 50 million in data ransom

Saudi Arabia’s national oil company Aramco on July 21 admitted to a data leak and is being demanded by hackers to pay a ransom of $ 50 million.

Illustrated photo. Source: International Press

The announcement by Saudi Arabian Oil, commonly known as Aramco, said the company was “recently aware of an indirect leak of a portion of data in the hands of third-party contractors”.

Aramco did not specify the identities of the affected contractors, nor the source of the leaked information, but “affirms that the information leak does not stem from system intrusion and does not affect the system. to activity. The company will continue to maintain strong cybersecurity practices.”

Recently, a website on the darknet – an encrypted Internet network that can only be accessed with special anonymous tools – claims to hold 1 terabyte of data about Aramco. This website asks Aramco to pay 50 million USD in cryptocurrency to delete the mentioned data. It is not clear who is behind the incident.

Aramco company was the victim of a cyberattack in 2012, caused by a computer virus called Shamoon. The attack wiped out a series of hard drives and displayed on the screen a burned image of the American flag. The incident caused Saudi Arabia’s national oil company to shut down the system and destroy more than 30,000 computers.

In 2017, another virus penetrated networks across Saudi Arabia and disrupted computer systems at Sadara, a joint venture between Aramco and Dow Chemical Co. based in Michigan, USA. At the time, officials warned the virus could be another version of Shamoon.

Aramco shares, which are currently publicly traded on Riyadh’s Tadawul stock exchange, stood at 34.90 riyals ($9.3) per share in the latest trading session last week. As a result, the company’s value has reached $1,800 and has become one of the most valuable companies in the world.