Russian oil giant Gazprom Neft’s website down after alleged hack

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The website of Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russian gas company Gazprom, was offline on Wednesday after an alleged hack, in what appears to be the latest hack of a government-associated site following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

A statement purportedly from Gazprom CEO Alexie Miller, a close friend of President Vladimir Putin, was briefly posted on the website.

The statement appeared to show a hacked version of the site making critical remarks about Russia’s decision to send thousands of troops to Ukraine.

The website stopped working soon after.

Last month, Miller urged Gazprom’s 500,000 employees to support the Kremlin in maintaining Russia’s status as a major power in the face of pressing foreign sanctions.

“The information published on the site on the morning of April 6 (…) is not true and cannot be considered as an official statement by the company’s representatives or shareholders,” Gazprom Neft said.

Gazprom Neft is Russia’s third largest oil producer. It is a subsidiary of Gazprom, which owns 96% of its shares. OAO Gazprom owns 95% of the shares of Gazprom Neft, the rest being listed on the stock exchange.

Last month, several Ukrainian news websites were reportedly hacked by Russian threat actors, leaving the “Z” symbol displayed to visitors. Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection confirmed the incident in a web post, attributing responsibility to Russian state-sponsored actors.

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