Aramco Denies Breach of its Systems

FILE - In this June 28, 2021 file photo, a Saudi Aramco engineer monitors the central control room of the Khurais oil field, 150 kilometers east-northeast of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

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.