Saudi Arabia’s state oil giant has denied a breach of its systems; saying “the company continues to maintain a robust cybersecurity posture.”
Saudi Aramco also told The Associated Press on Wednesday that it “recently became aware of the indirect release of a limited amount of company data held by third-party contractors.”
“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,” Aramco said.
Saudi Aramco has more than 270bn barrels of crude oil reserves, the second largest in the world, and produces more oil on a daily basis than any other company in the world.
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The company brought in $204bn in 2020. Bleeping Computer reported that ZeroX was auctioning the entire data dump for $5mn; while also offering 1GB samples for about $2,000.
Saudi Aramco dealt with a cyberattack in 2012 that damaged 30,000 workstations and the oil giant has routinely faced attacks ever since.