oil: Ib & Central Cyber Security Agencies Join Probe Into Oil Ransomware Attack | Guwahati News

Dibrugarh: The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and country’s two leading cyber security agencies — Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) and National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) — have joined the probe into the ransomware attack on state-run explorer Oil India Limited’s (OIL) headquarters at Duliajan in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh district.
Two representatives from each of these agencies reached Duliajan on Friday to join the probe being conducted by the local police. The anonymous hackers had sought a ransom of $7.5 million from OIL to restore the affected network.
The CERT-In is the national nodal agency that deals with cyber security threats such as hacking and phishing. The NCIIPC is the national nodal agency that handles critical information infrastructure protection. It is a unit of the National Technical Research Organisation under the Prime Minister’s Office.
To add teeth to the probe, the OIL has also separately engaged the services of a Delhi-based private cyber security agency with international exposure.
OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika on Saturday said, “Our production and drilling operations are functioning normally. Our communication network is also not affected as we have an alternate network of computers in place to deal with such kind of emergencies. Most of the data is safe as we were able to isolate the infected servers… we suspect it is the handiwork of international hackers.”