Tinsukia: Oil India Limited has received a ransom note demanding USD 75 lakh and the oil giant has termed it a cyber attack.

It may be mentioned here that the oil giant faced a “major” cyber attack, perhaps first-of-its kind, which crippled OIL’s business, incurring huge financial loss to the exchequer. The OIL’s IT department has declared it ‘Ransomware’.

Ransomware is a type of malware from crypto virology that threatens to publish the victim’s personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. While some simple ransomware may lock the system without damaging any files, more advanced malware uses a technique called crypto viral extortion.

In the police complaint, accessed by EastMojo, OIL has said, “We have received an email on April 12 from our General Manager (IT) Keshab Bora stating that two days back a cyber attack of Ransomware has occurred on OIL’s one of the work station at G&R department. After preliminary investigation, it has come to the notice that OIL’s network, server and clients PC are facing network outage.”

“Further, it has also come to the notice that cyber attacker has demanded 7500000 USD as a ransom through a note from one of the infected PC (sic.),” the police complaint, signed by OIL’s Manager (Security) Sachin Kumar, read.

The FIR stated: “It is evident that OIL is a Public Sector Undertaking Company and due to this cyber attack – Ransomware, OIL and government exchequer has incurred huge financial loss as business through IT has been seriously affected.”

Speaking to EastMojo, OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said the OIL server, network and other related services continue to remain affected as of now. 

However, Superintendent of Dibrugarh police Shwetank Mishra could not be contacted.

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