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posted by janrinok on Wednesday July 21, @06:23PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]

Attackers have stolen 1 TB of proprietary data belonging to Saudi Aramco and are offering it for sale on the darknet. The Saudi Arabian Oil Company, better known as Saudi Aramco, is one of the largest public petroleum and natural gas companies in the world. The oil giant employs over 66,000 employees and brings in almost $230 billion in annual revenue. The threat actors are offering Saudi Aramco's data starting at a negotiable price of $5 million. Saudi Aramco has pinned this data incident on third-party contractors and tells BleepingComputer that the incident had no impact on Aramco's operations.

This month, a threat actor group known as ZeroX is offering 1 TB of proprietary data belonging to Saudi Aramco for sale. ZeroX claims the data was stolen by hacking Aramco's "network and its servers," sometime in 2020. As such, the files in the dump are as recent as 2020, with some dating back to 1993, according to the group. When asked by BleepingComputer as to what method was used to gain access to the systems, the group did not explicitly spell out the vulnerability but instead called it "zero-day exploitation."

ZeroX shared with BleepingComputer that up until this point, they have been negotiating the sale with five buyers.

BleepingComputer

[Also Covered By]: GIZMODO


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @06:42PM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @06:42PM (#1158839)

    "Attackers have stolen 1 TB of proprietary data belonging to Saudi Aramco and are offering it for sale on the darknet."

    won't someone think of the Saudi oil sheiks!!!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @07:13PM (2 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @07:13PM (#1158863)

      Does this mean that their amount of oil reserves might get published?

      • (Score: 2) by fakefuck39 on Wednesday July 21, @07:19PM

        by fakefuck39 (6620) on Wednesday July 21, @07:19PM (#1158868)

        It does mean they will get published. In fact, they are published now. But also they were published before, too.
        https://www.opec.org/opec_web/en/about_us/169.htm [opec.org]

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @12:54AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @12:54AM (#1158974)

        Not all of the oil in Saudi Arabia is under the Saudi Aramco. Seeing their figures compared to the highly suspect official estimates would still be enlightening as to what the entire country has. However, I don't think these numbers will see the light of day because those numbers are more valuable to their competitors even if they were in the stolen data.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:13PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @11:13PM (#1158949)

      Watch it with that racist spam, comrade.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @06:56PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @06:56PM (#1158848)

    Did they go in through the copy machines?

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @08:39PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @08:39PM (#1158898)

      They've been through the copy machines, and the middle-man markup. :)

      An old saying goes "the enemy of my enemy, is my friend" so when bad things happen to big crooks, it is good.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @07:11PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 21, @07:11PM (#1158860)

    Someone in Aramco probably had a cellphone.

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @12:51AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @12:51AM (#1158973)

    14 GB of finance department spreadsheets
    22 GB of human resources performance reports
    964 GB of halal porn

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @12:58AM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @12:58AM (#1158975)

      What's halal porn? Photos of sexy goats?

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @02:36AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Thursday July 22, @02:36AM (#1158998)

        You got it. It's like kiwi porn, but with goats instead sheep.

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