The victim, a leading drilling firm, relies on sophisticated computer systems which are essential for offshore operations, including remote telemetry and leak detection.
According to sources, after the termination of his contract in May 2008, a former IT consultant with the company allegedly accessed its communication system without authorization. This system, which the consultant had previously set up, ensured communication between the company's onshore offices and offshore oil platforms. The unauthorized intrusion had an important impact on integrity and availability, causing significant financial losses.
Though the company temporarily lost control of its telemetry systems, there were no consequent oil leaks or environmental hazards. The investigations identified evidence pointing to the consultant's involvement. If found guilty, he could be charged with potential penalties reaching up to ten years in prison.