A Nigerian national based near the country’s capital masterminded a wave of attacks on over 4,000 companies in oil & gas, mining, construction and transportation sectors
Check Point® Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ:CHKP) has today revealed the identity of the criminal behind a series of what appeared to be state-sponsored cyberattacks targeting over 4,000 companies in the energy, mining and infrastructure sectors.
The cyber attack campaign started in April 2017, and has targeted some of the largest international organizations in the oil & gas, manufacturing, banking and construction industries. The global scale of the campaign and the organizations targeted suggest an expert gang or state-sponsored agency is behind it: but the campaign is the work of a lone Nigerian national in his mid-20s, living near the country’s capital. On his Facebook account, he uses the motto: ‘get rich or die trying’.