Confirmed: Petro Canada Parent Company Pwned By Hackers

Yesterday, I noted that every Petro Canada gas station that I went to wasn’t accepting debit or credit cards. Instead they were cash only. And their mobile app wasn’t working as well. At the time, I said this:

But this reminds me of the Sobeys situation as well as the Garmin situation. In both cases, normal business was disrupted for some period of time. Neither company commented in any significant way on their issues. Then it later came out that both companies were pwned by ransomware. This Petro Canada situation has that feel to it. 

It appears that I might have been correct on them getting pwned by hackers. As per Reuters:

Canadian energy firm Suncor on Sunday said it experienced a cybersecurity incident, adding that some transactions with customers and suppliers could be impacted while they investigate and resolve the situation.

“At this time, we are not aware of any evidence that customer, supplier or employee data has been compromised or misused as a result of this situation,” the company said in a statement.

Suncor owns Petro Canada. Thus if Suncor has been pwned, Petro Canada has been pwned. The question that we all have to be asking is what did the hackers do (chances are it’s ransomware, but let’s leave that question open ended for now) and what info did they steal? And is any of that information personally identifiable information? For example, I use the Petro Canada app, is any of my info on the dark web someplace? These are all questions that Petro Canada needs to answer. And answer soon as silence isn’t an option if they want to regain the trust of Canadians that almost certainly been shaken because of this incident.

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