[ISN] Exxon, Shell Said to Have Been Hacked Via Chinese Servers

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2011 02:56:18 -0600 (CST)

By Michael Riley 
Feb 23, 2011

Computer hackers working through Internet servers in China broke into 
and stole proprietary information from the networks of six U.S. and 
European energy companies, including Exxon Mobil Corp., Royal Dutch 
Shell Plc and BP Plc, according to one of the companies and 
investigators who declined to be identified.

McAfee Inc., a cyber-security firm, reported Feb. 10 that such attacks 
had resulted in the loss of “project-financing information with regard 
to oil and gas field bids and operations.” In its report, Santa Clara, 
California-based McAfee, assisted by other cyber-security firms, didn’t 
identify the energy companies targeted. The attacks, which it dubbed 
“Night Dragon,” originated “primarily in China” and occurred during the 
past three years.

The list of companies hit, none of which disclosed the attacks in 
filings with regulators, also includes Marathon Oil Corp., 
ConocoPhillips and Baker Hughes Inc., according to the people who worked 
on or are familiar with the companies’ investigations and asked not to 
be identified because of the confidential nature of the matter.

Chinese hackers broke into the computer network of Baker Hughes, said 
Gary Flaharty, spokesman for the Houston-based provider of advanced 
drilling technology. Baker Hughes concluded the incident didn’t need to 
be disclosed because it wasn’t material to investors, he said, declining 
to comment further.


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