Oil and gas hackers chase bigger pandemic paydays

Christian Vasquez reports:

Hackers have leaked hundreds of computer files allegedly stolen from a Houston-based oil and natural gas producer — the latest in a series of ransomware attacks that put a new twist on an old extortion playbook.

The hackers behind the “Nefilim” malware say they have stolen over 800 gigabytes of personnel and financial data from W&T Offshore Inc., according to the attackers’ website and cybersecurity firm Cyble Inc. They’ve published a fraction of those documents on the dark web in recent weeks and are threatening to release more.

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