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Night Dragon: Chinese hackers attacked global energy firms

By Emil
Feb 11, 2011
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  1. Since November 2009, hackers likely from China have been targeting networks of at least a dozen multinational oil, gas, and petrochemical companies as well as individuals and executives in Kazakhstan, Taiwan, Greece, and the US. Five firms confirmed the attacks. The details come from a report titled Global Energy Cyberattacks: "Night Dragon" (PDF) by security firm McAfee.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    What the heck is a "spearphishing" attack?
     
  3. Emil

    Emil TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 154

    Targeted versions of phishing attacks.
     
  4. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,558   +598

    I see - thanks. Odd name though.
     
  5. China is like a plague infested rat.

    It infected Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong first and is now quickly spreading across the rest of the world.

    In it's latest guise its main vectors are the greedy businessmen and politicians of the world along with the ignorant tasteless plastic loving consumers.

    There is discussion as to from who China got its infections. Experts say the freedom and dissent crushing antics came in from the former Soviet Union after the second world war. It is said that the greed was imported on a ship from across the Atlantic.
     
  6. DokkRokken

    DokkRokken TS Rookie Posts: 267

    Who said that? They obviously weren't bright because China is on the Pacific Rim.
     
  7. With a population of 1 billion and numerous ethnic groups and dialects, pretty much every generalisation about China is wrong, including this one.
     
  8. fpsgamerJR62

    fpsgamerJR62 TS Rookie Posts: 489

    These attacks are too well organized and mostly likely funded to be the work of individual or small groups of hackers. As in previous attacks, this one also appears to have originated from China. Whether or not these attacks have the imprimatur of any national government, there are enough indications that these are state-sponsored activities.
     
  9. In a country where the internet is torturously monitored and censored you can be quite confident that any coordinated long term attacks originating thereof are, at a bare minimum, condoned by the Chinese government.

    Chinese people are wonderful but the Chinese regime has been building, protecting and enforcing its own delusional identity for so many years now that it has become the epitome of the expression "blind ambition" and is doing great damage to any hope of a healthy, happy future for its people or this planet.

    The slogans of the Chinese government could easily be "Pride Trumps All Other Values Including Life And Love" and "Lying and deceit are virtues when it promotes Chinese state ambitions"

    In the too distant past China was bastion of creativity in the Arts, Sciences and Spirituality. Now it is just a parrot for superficial materialism and power for its own sake.

    Instead of moving the world forward it is quite sadly the poster child for ignorance. I feel badly for the Chinese people who's individual lives are no more important to their government than a name of a piece of paper. A resource to be used, misused, marginalized and discarded at whim. The definition of justice in China is "does the action support the ambitions of the Chinese government" and no more.
     
  10. assermitwally

    assermitwally TS Rookie

    I see you how could be thinking and i could see your point of view but your comment sounded a bit racist. I don't assume that you would enjoy someone talking about your country like that.
     

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