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We are confident main data banks of OIL not breached in cyber attack: OIL

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  • Computers and IT systems at India’s second-largest oil and gas company came under a cyber attack after it was discovered that three-four computers were hit by a virus on April 10
  • Activities that are not reliant on IT services are progressing normally, said the OIL spokesperson

New Delhi: (OIL cyber attack 2022) Commenting on the extent of breach in the recent cyber attack on Oil India Limited’s (OIL) computers and IT systems, an official spokesperson said on Wednesday that the main data banks of the E&P company have not been breached. “We are confident that main data banks of OIL not breached,” OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika told PSU Watch. Three days ago, computers and IT systems at India’s second-largest oil and gas company came under a cyber attack after it was discovered that three-four computers were hit by a virus on April 10. 

OIL cyber attack: ‘Restoration process on, ops not affected’

In the aftermath of the attack, OIL disconnected all the computer systems from the LAN connection. Commenting on the progress made so far, the OIL spokesperson said that the restoration process was still going on. However, he added that production and drilling activities have not been impacted by the cyber attack. Since no computer at the OIL headquarter has access to internet connectivity, work in some sections has been hampered. Activities that are not reliant on IT services are progressing normally, said Hazarika.

Background

On April 10 afternoon, OIL employees reported outages on some computers to the IT team, which detected that it was a malware attack. Few computer systems and servers in OIL’s Duliajan office were found to be infected with malware. As a precautionary measure, OIL disconnected its computers systems from the LAN connection and started the restoration process. The OIL spokesperson said that the PSU has employed an international cyber security expert and the systems are expected to be restored in the next 4-5 days.

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