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More cyber-attacks hit the oil and gas sector from April to September 2012 than any other...

More cyber-attacks hit the oil and gas sector from April to September 2012 than any other industry, a report from the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) says. Assaults take two main forms: one is cyber espionage, with Chinese hackers, for example, stealing gigabytes of material such as bidding information on lease auctions in a campaign that ran from 2008-2011. The other form is disruption to critical businesses and physical operations.
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  • Jim Spriggs
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    Do physical operations HAVE to be connected to the internet? If they ran as their own isolated island, it would seem hard for anyone to hack into them.
    26 Jun 2013, 11:17 AM Reply Like
  • geologist
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    Jim: I assume that if it is an insider ordeal, someone just plugs in a thumb-drive, and bingo, disruption.
    26 Jun 2013, 05:58 PM Reply Like
  • Veritas1010
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    It would be nice if our Federal government worked as hard as to protect our multinational corporations legitimate business and engineering privacy - that directly and indirectly place us all at potential foreign risk by violation - instead of watching and listening to every Moe, Larry and Curly that has a telephone or email account in America, Canada, UK and the rest of the former Commonwealth!
    26 Jun 2013, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • Veritas1010
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    These corporations do not all necessarily have the same 'uber' means you assume to protect their legitimate engineering and extensive proprietary information against (corporate) nation-states hackers. Like it or not these corporations employ many individuals globally and pay considerable dividends and taxes also. They are not all "angels", but they are extensions of our civil society. Not everyone of these corporations are necessarily despoiler's of our Nation and the world.


    You are correct in saying that the masses need more protection than corporations in general, and I would be the first to argue that proposition in the affirmative; I believe however that is what I was saying in my initial post. However, this news-bite by SA was primarily focused on nation-state hacking criminalities vis-a-vis international corporations. I raised the issue of re-directing our governments' money and time away from spying on all Americans unconstitutionally, instead of attempting to protect legitimate business enterprises from foreign attacks.


    The next time you disagree in a public forum, I would suggest not only a closer read of the remarks made, but I would refrain in the use of petty vulgarity - it only demeans the author.
    27 Jun 2013, 06:33 PM Reply Like
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