Encino Energy Says Operations Not impacted by Cyberattack

September 29, 2023


Major U.S. private natural gas and oil producer Encino Energy has disclosed that its operations were not impacted by a cyberattack, which it has already remediated, days after it was added by the ALPHV ransomware operation, also known as BlackCat, to its data leak site, reports The Record. Encino Energy spokesperson Jackie Stewart would not say if the cyberattack was a ransomware incident, if the company paid a ransom or if it had examined the 400GB of data on ALPHV's site. The post by the cybercrime group does not mention a dollar figure or a deadline for payment.

ALPHV had exposed 400 GB of data claimed to be stolen from Encino Energy, which is Ohio's primary oil producer, but company spokesperson Jackie Stewart refused to confirm the nature of the cyberattack and whether the demanded ransom was paid, as well as the veracity of the data leaked by the ransomware group.

Such an attack against Encino Energy comes after the ransomware gang's intrusions against two Luxembourg-based energy firms, as well as German oil companies Mabanaft and Oiltanking.

Incident Date

February 27, 2023

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source