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Saudi Aramco exposed to the largest data leak in its history

By Noir July 30, 2021, 6:32 p.m.
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Saudi Aramco is one of the largest companies globally in terms of revenue. The oil company, based in Dhahran, is a public Saudi Arabian petroleum and natural gas company. Further, Aramco pumps 10% of the global oil supply.
Allegedly, recently, the company has experienced the most significant data leak in its history.

Saudi Aramco’s largest data leak

Earlier, in late June 2021, there was news of significant data leaks at Aramco on the dark web. Even so, there was nothing really in it. It was mainly discussions in the dark web forums.

Later, approximately two weeks ago or less, there was a Threat Actor named ZeroX296 on the black markets.

Briefly, the term “threat actor” is expected in the field of cybersecurity. In short, a threat factor includes anyone who can compromise cybersecurity. Therefore, he is anybody who participates in a harmful activity that threatens an organization’s IT security.

The threat factor announced on xssforum, one of the most well-known Darkweb Forums, sells data leaks on Saudi Aramco. Consequently, Aramco Leaks, an entirely secret service, arose. And, the service explained the problem with several options.

First, an option is to purchase these data leaks for $5 million. The leaks are one terabyte.

Second, an alternative is when Aramco pays $50 million, and the data Leaks check-in.

Thirdly, another option is to pay $2000 for a sample and 1GB of data to ensure that it is undamaged and valid. In fact, at the time of writing this, a few people have purchased the sample. Of course, this is evidence-based on the site.

Apparently, the leak from Zerox296 contains details of all Aramco projects. Equally important, the leak has engineering blueprints for all of the company’s equipment. Further, of course, this includes the SCADA and ICS systems and a variety of other items.

Evidently, Data Leaks are beginning to get information about it. In addition, some individuals are interested in it. If not in the billions, Aramco will lose data like this in millions. Sadly, this would mean the death and destruction of homes.

Persistent Attacks

Since the fourth quarter of 2019, Saudi Aramco has experienced a rise in targeted cyber attacks. Even so, the firm has been effective in fighting the attackers.

“There is definitely an increase in the attempts of (cyber) attacks”, Khalid al-Harbi said in a telephone interview with Reuters. “We are very successful in preventing these attacks at the earliest stage possible.”

Namely, in August 2012, Aramco suffered its most significant cyberattack to date. Then, the Shamoon virus-infected roughly 30,000 systems. Moreover, hackers attempted to halt oil and gas production at the largest OPEC exporter.

Again, there were drone and missile raids on Aramco facilities in September 2019. Indeed, the attackers temporarily shut down 5.7 million barrels per day of output. Subsequently, this accounts for over 5% of global oil supplies.

Finally, Aramco’s data leak on the black market might have far-reaching impacts. Evidently, when Aramco is cyber-attacked, there is always a boom on overall cybersecurity concerns.

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