After the cyberattack done to Pemex, this Mexican company has decided to stop using Windows and change its operating system.
After the famous cyberattack carried out against Pemex, it seems that they are willing to take an additional measure for their protection, which is … to change the operating system in their technological network..
Throwing the house through the “window”
Pemex began to have problems recently thanks to 5% of its equipment being hacked and all the information on it taken hostage. Since then, we have seen how this issue has developed, among them a decision not to pay and in a similar way, they are now doing many things by analog, when the new idea of changing operating systems came to them.
This was announced when the user manual was leaked for the new operating system that will be handled by computer equipment throughout Pemex. Which turned out to be nothing more and nothing less than (Open Source) Ubuntu.
And although it is not really a complete solution to their problems, it seems that they are at least looking for a solution that can help in the medium term. Now they just need to improve security measures completely.
The problem with just changing the operating system is that Ubuntu is not invulnerable or foreign. Although, not as many vulnerabilities (190) as with Windows (357) have been reported. The problem comes from the security with which the files are backed up, with the ease of accessing computers and the security levels of passwords in addition to the human factor, which surely was the one that gave the entrance to the computers of all Pemex to be infected in the first place.
The human factor is always the biggest security flaw that any hacker can exploit, either with deceptive emails with links that lead to the download of malware or simply by getting information from people through calls that appear to be from companies or banking institutions.
Translated by JRE/EF