[ISN] Chinese espionage alert in Belgium

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Thu May 08 2008 - 00:01:31 PDT


By Adrie van der Luijt    
Director of Finance Online
03 May 2008

The Belgian government has warned of Chinese cyber attacks on its 
computer systems.

Justice minister Jo Vandeurzen said on Friday that the national 
intelligence service had traced attacks on governmental computer systems 
back to China.

So-called spyware - software used to obtain information from computers 
without authorisation - was found attached to emails sent to Belgium 
state departments.

"China is especially interested in Belgium, not just because we host the 
headquarters of both NATO and the European Union, but because of our 
ties with Africa," the minister said.

China obtains vast quantities of natural resources from Africa to fuel 
its booming industries.

The Dutch national intelligence service reported last week that similar 
attacks on high-security IT systems had taken place in The Netherlands.

These attacks were also traced back to China and focused on information 
related to the energy sector.

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