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US oil industry hit by cyberattacks: Was China involved?




US oil industry hit by cyberattacks: Was China involved?
US oil industry hit by cyberattacks: Was China involved?



http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0125/US-oil-industry-hit-by-cyberattacks-Was-China-involved 

By Mark Clayton  
Staff writer 
The Christian Science Monitor 
January 25, 2010 

Houston -- At least three US oil companies were the target of a series 
of previously undisclosed cyberattacks that may have originated in China 
and that experts say highlight a new level of sophistication in the 
growing global war of Internet espionage.

The oil and gas industry breaches, the mere existence of which has been 
a closely guarded secret of oil companies and federal authorities, were 
focused on one of the crown jewels of the industry: valuable "bid data" 
detailing the quantity, value, and location of oil discoveries 
worldwide, sources familiar with the attacks say and documents obtained 
by the Monitor show.

The companies - Marathon Oil, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips - didn't 
realize the full extent of the attacks, which occurred in 2008, until 
the FBI alerted them that year and in early 2009. Federal officials told 
the companies proprietary information had been flowing out, including to 
computers overseas, a source familiar with the attacks says and 
documents show.

The data included e-mail passwords, messages, and other information tied 
to executives with access to proprietary exploration and discovery 
information, the source says.

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