Hackers reportedly demand $50m from Saudi Aramco over data leak
|bbc.com 22 Jul 2021 at 04:10|
In an emailed statement, Aramco told the BBC that it "recently became aware of the indirect release of a limited amount of company data which was held by third-party contractors."
The Saudi Arabian energy giant did not say which contractor was affected nor whether the contractor had been hacked or if the files was leaked in some other way.
"We confirm that the release of data was not due to a breach of our systems, has no impact on our operations and the company continues to maintain a robust cybersecurity posture," the firm said.
The AP report said the page offered to delete the data in exchange for $50m in cryptocurrency, although it is unclear who is behind the ransom plot.
Aramco did not immediately respond to a BBC request for clarification over the AP report that the company was the target of a $50m extortion attempt.
The oil and gas industry, which includes the companies that own wells, pipelines and refineries, has failed to invest in cyber-security over the years, according to experts.
The cyber-attack this year on the Colonial Pipeline in the US further highlighted the vulnerabilities of the energy industry s computer systems.