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Chinese Spy On ‘Big Oil’ Via Computers

From a seemingly surprised Reuters:

Chinese hackers infiltrate five energy firms: study

By Diane Bartz Thu Feb 10, 2011

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hackers working in China broke into the computer systems of five multinational oil and gas companies to steal bidding plans and other critical proprietary information, the computer security firm McAfee Inc said in a report.

The report, which named the attacks Night Dragon, declined to identify the five known companies that had been hacked and said that another seven or so had also been broken into but could not be identified…

The hackers got into the computers in one of two ways, either through their public websites or through infected emails sent to company executives

During the at least two years — and up to four years — the hackers had access to the computer networks, they focused on financial documents related to oil and gas field exploration and bidding contracts, said [Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee’s vice president for threat research].

They also copied proprietary industrial processes.

"That information is tremendously sensitive and would be worth a huge amount of money to competitors," said Alperovitch.

This sounds a lot more like industrial espionage than relatively innocent computer ‘hacking.’

The hack was traced back to China via a server leasing company in Shandong Province that hosted the malware, another term for malicious software, and to Beijing IP addresses that were active from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Beijing time (0100-0900 GMT)…

"This is normal business practice in China. It’s not always state sponsored. And they do it to each other," said Jim Lewis, a cyber expert with the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank…

Very little happens on the internet in China without the government’s approval. Luckily, however, our good friends the Chinese are just targeting international ‘Big Oil’ and not America’s military defense secrets…

— Wait a minute.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 10th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Chinese Spy On ‘Big Oil’ Via Computers”

  1. untrainable says:

    Really disappointing to think that major oil companies are using McAfee for cyber security. I guess they got it free with their cable subscription.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    And this is exactly how Communist Russia managed to always roduce planes that looked like ours. Produce ships that looked like ours. Produce … etc etc etc … that looked like ours, most notably, nearly identical space shuttles.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    You KNOW it’s a propaganda photo from a communist country, when mundane tasks are performed in their military class A uniforms!

    –Same with Wolfe Blitzer doing his puff piece on North Korea. All smiles, just sitting down at our jobs with our immaculately clean dress uniforms to do Dear Leader’s work….we are totally unaware of the camera…

  4. Right of the People says:

    “Luckily, however, our good friends the Chinese are just targeting international ‘Big Oil’ and not America’s military defense secrets…”

    With Barry the Lame in the Oval Office they don’t have to worry about stealing defense secrets, they just have to ask if they want something.


    There is a humorous anecdote about that subject. Back in the late 60’s IBM created a mainframe called the 360/50 that had serious problems. It would intermittently just stop processing, kind of like going into sleep mode, on its own then anywhere from seconds to hours later start processing again. It used to drive their Field Engineers (the folks who repaired the computers) crazy. They never discovered why and IBM replaced on the 50’s with the new 360/62.

    At the same time a soviet agent attempted to recruit an IBM engineer who in turn contacted the FBI. They decided to let the engineer leak the plans to the 360/50 which the Soviets gladly bought not knowing the 50’s reputation. Supposedly they based their entire computer hardware program on this machine which is estimated to have set them back at least 5 – 6 years.

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