Oil companies targeted for cyber attacks

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 @ 05:04 PM gHale

Three U.S. oil companies were the targets in 2008 in computer attacks where sensitive information leaked out.

In the attacks, senior level executives received e-mails that contained embedded links that when clicked on downloaded spyware to computers, according to a published report. The spyware was custom-made and undetectable by antivirus software, according to the report. This report was part of a five-month investigation into the attacks.

Marathon Oil, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips were the companies under attack. The FBI told them the cyber attackers targeted valuable information including “bid data” on the quantity, value, and location of oil discoveries around the world, along with messages and e-mail passwords.

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