Chinese hackers ‘targetting oil companies’: McAfee

By Agence France-Presse
Thursday, February 10, 2011 9:21 EDT
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WASHINGTON — Hackers from China have attacked computer networks of global oil companies in a targeted campaign aimed at stealing confidential information, US computer security firm McAfee said Thursday.

“Starting in November 2009, coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks have been conducted against global oil, energy, and petrochemical companies,” McAfee said in a report.

“We have identified the tools, techniques, and network activities used in these continuing attacks — which we have dubbed Night Dragon — as originating primarily in China,” McAfee said.

It said that in addition to penetrating company computers, the hackers also targeted “individuals and executives in Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Greece, and the United States to acquire proprietary and highly confidential information.”

McAfee did not identify any of the companies targeted by the hackers.

In January 2010, Google said it had been the victim of cyber attacks originating in China which included attempts to access the email accounts of Chinese human rights activists around the world.

China has denied involvement in the December 2009 cyber attacks which Google said also targeted more than 20 other companies.

According to US diplomatic files obtained and published by WikiLeaks, the United States believes that China’s leadership directed the hacking campaign into computers of Google and Western governments.

In one cable, the US embassy in Beijing said it learned from “a Chinese contact” that the country’s Politburo had led years of hacking into computers of the United States, its allies and Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

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  • Anonymous

    McAfee hires people to make viruses, to hack, to scare and above all–make money, and lots of it:

    ..”Perhaps that explains why the computer security firm has registered 16 consecutive quarters of double-digit sales gains. Last year, McAfee brought in a record $1.93 billion with earnings of $118.2, which translates into a five-year profit gain of 50 percent.”..


    Intel Corp. Tackles Cybersecurity With McAfee Purchase

    ..”Estimates on how much the government spends on cybersecurity range from roughly $2
    billion to $8 billion a year, with spending expected to increase from 5 percent to 8 percent annually over the next several years”

    …..”I apologize for buying the MCAFEE Anti-virus support that came with my DELL laptop that was written, packaged, and serviced by technicians in India”..

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  • Anonymous

    Chinese goods need at least 4 tariffs that they don’t currently get:
    1. for not allowing their currency to float
    2. for not following some decent environmental standards in producing products
    3. for not allowing labor unions
    4. for not respecting democracy

    Those 4 should price all of their products out of our market. As we improve our standing in those areas at home, those tariffs should go even higher.

  • Wyrdless

    I guess stealing secrets is good for the economy….

    One day if there is a war, everything will shut down when viruses similar to stuxnet destroy the electrical system in many countries. Might be good though, it would shorten the war.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3ETFGMQ3B7VD4AAMILBBEVMCWE JasonA

    China is an enemy to the West. A clear and present danger to all of us.

  • Anonymous

    Haha. The Dali Lama is such a threatening figure. US and China have surprising similarities in draconian paranoia. ” Crush a man’s soul, you only strengthen him and lose your own”

  • Mein Furor

    I guess if Israel can infiltrate Iran’s nuclear program, we shouldn’t be surprised when China does the same thing to its corporate enemies.

  • Anonymous

    Guess they are only trying to recover their investments???

  • Anonymous

    No. China is a world power we need to learn to live with. Old black/white, good/bad reasoning not going to help much.

  • Anonymous

    I always thought that a simple trade policy would work – we’ll let you export just as much to the US as you allow the US to export into China.

  • Anonymous

    “for not allowing their currency to float”

    Dude they are doing us a big favor by propping up the dollar. You don’t want to know what would happen if they decided to sell their dollars. It would not be pretty.

    “for not following some decent environmental standards in producing products”

    We have zero credibility in this area and are in no position to demand it from others

    “for not respecting democracy”


  • http://bravonewworld.blogspot.com/ Tim Bravo

    Agreed. They might be a threat to old money capitalists, true. With reforms, they might also become the hope of the planet.

  • Anonymous

    Our fortunes are inexorably tied to China’s and we will rise and fall together.

    You are in for a world of hurt if you can’t get along with your conjoined twin.

  • Anonymous

    “We have identified”

    McAfee is useless trash.

    If they were any good they would say “We have stopped” but since they said “we have identified” it is clear that they have failed in their primary mission.

  • dk504

    >>> Hackers from China have attacked computer networks of global oil companies in a targeted campaign aimed at stealing confidential information, US computer security firm McAfee said Thursday<<<<

    Ah, yes, but how can that be? They are our good friends, our great trading partners? To the US Chamber of Commerce and the US Treasury and Fed Trade Commission; they aren't our friends. They never have been. They are now as they will always be the Chi-Comms and we have never been friends with them. What the fuck does the government think now? We're bosom buddies?

    China owns this country, has stolen more intellectual property and have done nothing to retrive it, bring it to the WTO court, nothing. Our government is just waiting like scared little rabbits in a corner to be taken over by the Chinese as our new Overlords. Chicken shit Congress.

  • Anonymous

    Those “Take you down on suspicion of copyright infringement laws are necessary…
    Gotta save the movie industry, save the homeland and protect the world from the … Chinee…!!

    Crap! All just more buildup to try to legitimize their curtailing and controlling of the internet.