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Major Oil Companies Compromised

Postby keezel » Tue Jan 26, 2010 7:57 pm

I did not know this, but it appears several major US oil companies were compromised last year. The attacker was after "bid data", including detailed information about new oil fields around the world.

The article tries to pin it on China, but the data linking it to China seems pretty weak. Despite the sensationalism, I think this is a big deal. Lots of people would kill for data like that. ... a-involved
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Re: Major Oil Companies Compromised

Postby Egaladeist » Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:35 pm

When in doubt blame China :mrgreen: it was probably a competitor looking to steal away the next oil field.
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Re: Major Oil Companies Compromised

Postby Aspman » Wed Jan 27, 2010 9:45 am

If you have a computer the Chinese are trying to hack you.

That's not a joke. The size of your company or proximity to government determines the amount of effort that will put in to hack you. But they do want to hack you.
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Re: Major Oil Companies Compromised

Postby rapier57 » Thu Jan 28, 2010 12:17 am

Got that right on the head, sheepherder!

Look at the crap dropped at my firewall. Millions of lines of port probes, Syn-Acks and other attacks dropped on the floor. A good half of it from China. Not all Chinese, as they are about as porous as any. But, still ...

I'm tempted to request a complete Country block of China at the hub from our transport network. Sure would clean up our network traffic!

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