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Ransomware attacks on Pemex in Mexico is to stop working, threatening to cripple the computers

MEXICO CITY (reuters) – A new ransomware attack hit the computer of the servers, and put the administration on Monday, the Mexican state oil company Pemex, according to employees and internal e-mails, the hackers’ latest bid to wring money from a big company.

FILE PHOTO: A Pemex gas station is seen in Mexico City, Mexico-September 17, 2019. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

Hackers have increasingly targeted companies with malicious programs that cripple systems in place to monitor all of the supply chain, to the payment of the production, removing them only after the receipt of a substantial payment.

An internal e-mail seen by Reuters, said Pemex was directed by “Ryuk,” a strain of ransomware, which experts say is mostly aimed at companies with annual revenues between $500 million and $ 1 billion.

“We are taking measures at the national level to fight for RYUK browser hijacker, which has an impact on a variety of Pemex’s servers in the country,” a company official said in an e-mail on a Sunday.

The attack is the latest challenge to the world, Pemex, already struggling to pay the huge debt and reverse years of declining oil production, and ward off a possible lowering of the credit rating.

The company said in a statement on Sunday, the computer center, in the state of Mexico had discovered the attack a lot of manual intervention that would be able to “box, a computer monitor, or encrypt, important, preset files, with a password.”

Pemex added, was hoping for a solution in the space of 48 hours, and warned that users with a nationwide doesn’t run on their computers.

In a separate internal e-mail seen by Reuters, Pemex, told employees to disconnect from the network and a back-up of critical information from the hard drive.

In response to the request of Pemex, said that in tackling cyber threats, but it is “normal.”

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A spokesman said: “We are strengthening our information security in the face of cyber threats.”

Three Pemex employees, said that the work had come to a standstill on Monday, as the employees will not have access to a wide range of computer-based systems, such as those related to payments.

“The servers crashed. People don’t work,” said one, who asked not to be identified as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

Reporting by Adriana Barrera; Additional reporting by Ana Isabel Martinez; Writing by Daina Beth Solomon; Editing by Clarence Fernandez

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