By MIS Financial Review
21 April 2010
AUSTRALIA - Three major Australian mining companies have been the
targets of Chinese cyber attacks, with one coming around the time of
Stern Hu's arrest there on bribery and spying charges.
ABC Television's Four Corners program on Monday said mining giants BHP
Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group had all been the subject
of cyber attacks emanating from China.
One, targeting Rio's computer network, happened around the time of Hu's
arrest in July.
Hu last month was sentenced by a Shanghai court to 10 years in jail for
taking bribes and stealing commercial secrets.
A Rio spokesman said the issues involved were "sensitive" and refused to
talk about them, however former employees and senior government sources
confirmed the attack did happen.
The company is said to have thought it serious enough to take their
Singapore office offline for almost three days following Hu's arrest, so
it could upgrade network security.
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