June 3, 2023

The Anonymous hackers claimed to have hacked the German branch of the Russian energy giant Rosneft and  stolen 20 terabytes of data from the company.

The attack was too confirmed by the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the company had reported an IT security incident late last week. The BSI has offered its support to investigate the security breach, while the WELT reported that the authorities have issued a security warning to other stakeholders in the petroleum industry.


The attack could have a significant impact in Germany, it is reported that the company was responsible for about a quarter of crude oil imports to Germany.

Anonymous claimed to have breached the company on March 11, 2022 siting the operation of the company and the relationship of Ex chancellor Gerhard Schröder with Putin.

Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is the chairman of the board of directors of Rosneft in Russia. Rosneft boss Igor Ivanovich Sechin is a Russian politician and manager. He has been a close confidante of Vladimir Putin since the 1990s. According to reports, in 2003, as deputy head of the presidential administration, he was a co-initiator of the legal prosecution and ultimately the breakup of what was once the largest oil company, Yukos.”

Anonleaks Statement

Rosneft subsidiaries abroad were not impacted by sanctions against the energy giant, for this reason Anonymous attacked it  and claimed to have compromised the company’s virtual machines, UPS and more. The attack was likely discovered on March 10, 2022 and the data exfiltration was interrupted.


“The plan came up to pull all available data completely, which was relatively easy to implement via a simple FTP connection, which also pulled with 5.5GB/s. Nevertheless, it was to be expected that the system would remain in the system for a long time, because in total one had access to almost 25 terabytes, in addition to the backups also folders with documents, one had access to the iPhones and iPads of the employees.” concludes the report.

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