Oil Cyber Attack: International hackers target Oil’s Duliajan HQ with ransomware


Guwahati:  Oil India Limited had received a demand for ransom of Rs 75 lakh US dollars right before the company’s servers were hacked.

This was stated in the FIR filed by the company in relation to the hacking case. As per the FIR copy, the demand for ransom came from international hackers to one of the company’s computers right before the servers were hacked.

The police have sought the assistance of the Crime Branch, Assam Police, to crackdown on the cyber hackers who targeted OIL’s servers.

The FIR comes after petroleum major Oil India Limited yesterday faced a massive cyber attack with hackers targeting the company’s field headquarters located at Duliajan in Eastern Assam.

Top OIL officials told Northeast Live that the hackers targeted its servers with malware attacks severely impacting IT operations. The official said the hackers could be from within the country or abroad.

The company is in touch with top cyber security experts to thwart possible damage and has already undertaken measures such as discontinuing its computer systems from larger in-house networks.

The OIL official, however, said that crude production has not been hit yet. While OIL India has termed the cyber attack as extremely serious in nature, the situation is being closely monitored.