Hackers demand ransom of 565 BTC in Mexico

Posted 15 November, 2019

Recently Mexico’s national oil company Pemex was struck with a cyberattack and not a huge amount of money is being demanded by the hackers. Pemex was forced to shut down its computers across the country following the report. In a ransom note, the hackers demanded 565 Bitcoin and pointed to a darknet website affiliated with “DoppelPaymer”, a form of ransomware.

Criminals said that the company has only two days to make a decision on payments. If the money does not go into the accounts of the attackers, information from the databases will be immediately deleted. Representatives of the group said they would not negotiate until they received the first tranche of funds.

Rocio Nahle, Mexico’s energy minister and chair of the Pemex board announced officially the company will not pay the ransom. Allegedly, the oil company is already suffering from heavy debts due to declining oil production.

The cyberattack has already crippled many of the assets of the company and it looks as if it is trapped by a ruined foregoing scenario. Due to a huge downfall in oil production, the company is hit by a heavy debt.

Rocio Nahle assured investors and observers that the attack only hit Pemex’s administrative headquarters in Mexico City and that its “plants and wells” continue to operate.

In May of this year, a similar incident occurred in the United States. Then the administration of one of the small cities in the state of New York lost access to departmental servers. According to local law enforcement, the criminals used the EternalBlue utility.

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