Cyber Attacks on Mining Companies

21 04 2010

Australia’s ABC Television Four Corners program revealed that BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals have been the target of Chinese cyber attacks. An attack against Rio Tinto coincided with Stern Hu’s arrest last July. BHP Billiton was attacked during its attempted takeover of Rio Tinto. As for Fortescue Metals, news of the attack are a bit surprising as the company has struck deals in terms favourable to China last year. While cyber attacks have happened in the past (think Google very recently), these cases cause concerns as they seem to target trade secrets.

The Four Corners’ Chinese Whispers report can be watched here.

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