Italian Oil Services Company Saipem Hit by Cyberattack

Italian oil and gas services company Saipem reported on Monday that some of its servers were hit by a cyberattack. The company has shared few details about the attack – it’s unclear if it was ransomware or another type of intrusion – but its representatives told SecurityWeek that no data was stolen and that only some servers in its infrastructure were impacted. Saipem says it’s in the process or restoring affected servers using available backups, which the company claims are “safe.” “We have no proof of the origins or reasons for the attack, though this is being investigated,” a Saipem spokesperson said via email. The company did however tell Reuters that the attack mainly impacted servers in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait. Saipem told Reuters the attack originated in Chennai, India, but that does not necessarily reveal the identity of the attacker as malicious actors often use random servers from around the world to hide their true location. Saipem describes itself as “one of the world leaders in drilling services, as well as in the engineering, procurement, construction and installation of pipelines and complex projects, onshore and offshore, in the oil & gas market.” The company has customers in more than 60 countries, including Saudi Arabian oil and gas giant Saudi Aramco.

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