Hackers Attack Servers of Oil Companies Working in Arctic
- The Moscow Times
- Jul. 17 2012 00:00
- Last edited 10:23
Hacker group Anonymous said it had successfully hacked intoáthe servers ofáfive oil andágas companies operating ináthe Arctic, including Gazprom andáRosneft,áposting hundreds ofácompany email addresses andápasswords online.
In a statement posted on the website Pastebin.com, theágroup said it had acted inásupport ofáenvironmental organization Greenpeace andáthat organization's drive toácease oil andágas drilling onáthe Arctic shelf. The group emphasized that it did not work in concert with Greenpeace, but only in its support.
The apparent author of the statement, who identified himself only as Twitter user @le4ky, said arctic drilling leads toáthe melting ofápolar ice caps andáincreases theárisk ofáoil pollution ináocean waters. He said accidental spills are more likely than atáa conventional offshore production site because ofáthe climate andáthe risk ofáicebergs hitting a rig.
Theácompanies affected byáthe hack included Shell, BP Global, ExxonMobil, Gazprom andáRosneft, according to the statement. Theáhackers released theáinformation ofá190 accounts fromáGazprom andá80 fromáRosneft, andádatabase access details were also made available. Theáhackers said theáinformation wasn't accessed through aásoftware vulnerability but rather through aámistake byáthe webmaster.
Anonymous said that "Phase I" ofáits project last month used hacked accounts toásign aápetition toásave theáArctic. Theágroup released 300 email addresses andápasswords fromáExxon onáJune 26, some ofáwhich it said were subsequently used ináso-called phishing attacks — meaning the defrauding of an online account holder's financial information — prompting the group toárelease less information this time.