How it really happened : NINJIO Season 2, Episode 1, Saudi Aramco Breach

In our 1st Episode of Season 2, one of the world’s largest oil producers has roughly 35,000 of its computers shut down in a matter of hours due to a malware attack.  After turning off the remaining systems, they scrambled for days trying to figure out what to do.  Even after paying a large sum of money to get new systems quickly, it wasn’t quick enough.  The tankers lined up waiting for their oil and the paper system wasn’t cutting it.  At the end of the day, the CEO decided to give the oil away for free as that was the fastest method of getting tankers in and out, and keeping their customers.

We learn that the source of the breach was two attack vectors that commonly go together: a badge surfer who then proceeds to take pictures of passwords. Something he was able to do because employees were violating their employee clean desk policy.

 

The inside story of the biggest hack in history

Details of the worst hack in history explain how hackers were able to disrupt a Saudi oil company, Saudi Aramco.

 

Hackers Target Oil and Gas Companies Through Internet-Linked Systems

Hackers have turned to oil and gas companies as a target because of their ability to cause major destruction such as explosions.

 

Inside The Aftermath Of The Saudi Aramco Breach

This article covers the aftermath of the data breach. IT administrators were forced to take the entire system offline after malware took 35,000 computers offline.

 

Tailgating: A Common Courtesy and a Common Risk

“Tailgating,” “badge surfing,” and “piggybacking” are all terms given to a security issue where a hacker follows an employee into a secured area. The employee does not ask for credentials for fear of being rude.

 

Clean Desk Policy: 9 Reasons Why Every Workplace Needs One Now

Clean desk policies avoid the security risks of piggybacking. This article explains the policy and how it can help with security and social engineering.

18 Comments
  • Amy Thagard
    Posted at 16:48h, 11 January

    The video was good

  • Carla Hansil
    Posted at 18:41h, 11 January

    Great video

  • Carol C, Sain
    Posted at 18:47h, 11 January

    Interesting, I didn’t know this had occurred.

  • Vicki Laughridge
    Posted at 20:36h, 11 January

    This was very interesting and make one think about desk clutter.

  • Vicki Laughridge
    Posted at 20:38h, 11 January

    Security is very important and it is best to take no chances if in doubt.

  • Vicki Laughridge
    Posted at 20:43h, 11 January

    Be careful about what is left on desk

  • Claudia Paramo
    Posted at 18:59h, 17 January

    It is very important to have all client information locked up securely at the end of each work day

  • Alan J. Koivisto
    Posted at 19:04h, 17 January

    Clean Desk Policy

  • Mark M Barrera
    Posted at 19:12h, 17 January

    read and understand

  • Liberty Bratt
    Posted at 19:20h, 17 January

    This is the greatest way to train!

  • nermana kuzmanovic
    Posted at 21:03h, 17 January

    no comment!

  • ezequiel huerta
    Posted at 21:34h, 17 January

    good story

  • John Clifford
    Posted at 15:19h, 18 January

    Understood

  • Margarita Perez
    Posted at 19:17h, 18 January

    clean desk policy!

  • Arash Amini
    Posted at 21:20h, 18 January

    Great video

  • shirin friedman
    Posted at 19:06h, 19 January

    good information

  • terrill.hunter
    Posted at 21:39h, 20 January

    learned alot

  • terrill.hunter
    Posted at 21:41h, 20 January

    understood