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OIL HQ hack: Hackers claim to access employee details, contracts, bills

The Centre has taken due cognizance of the hacking of the Oil India Limited servers. Speaking exclusively to Northeast Live, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Rameshwar Teli

The Centre has taken due cognizance of the hacking of the Oil India Limited servers. Speaking exclusively to Northeast Live, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Rameshwar Teli has confirmed that the Centre has ordered an inquiry into the matter. 

Northeast Live has accessed the threat letter issued to OIL by the hackers who have demanded a huge ransom in return for not compromising the vital data of the company.

Then a threat letter on a cryptic note stated that even though OIL’s files were currently unavailable, it was possible to recover and restore them if the company cooperated.

It also states that if the company cooperates, its data can be decrypted if the company abides by the instructions of the hackers. The letter also warned that if the company fails to cooperate, the loss would be entirely its own as it would lose valuable data. If you don’t want your sensitive data to be published on our blog, you have to act quickly, the threat letter read.

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The vital data hacked includes, employees’ personal details, contracts, a complete network map including credentials for local and remote services, and private financial information including client data, bills, budgets, annual reports, bank statements, among others.

Meanwhile, two more central government nodal agencies, the National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre and the Computer Emergency Response Team of India, reached Duliajan yesterday and joined the investigation into the cyber attack by Ransomware on OIL’s work station at Duliajan.

A team from the Intelligence Bureau and a state cyber team have already been investigating the cyber attack on the station since Wednesday.

Another Delhi-based cyber expert team, which is internationally reputed to deal with cyber crimes, has been hired by OIL and is working to provide possible solutions to the crisis at the earliest and to identify the hackers.

 

First Published: 15th April, 2022 13:27 IST

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