McAfee: Attackers from China have hacked global Oil and Gas companies

*IT security company McAfee says it has found out about hacking on un-named global oil, gas and petrochemical companies, and individuals and executives in Taiwan, Greece, and the United States, to acquire proprietary and confidential information.
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Oct. 18, 2011 - PRLog -- McAfee told the BBC that 5 oil and gas companies had confirmed that the attacks took place, and the attackers were looking for documents about oil and gas exploration and bidding contracts.

The source of the attack is 'several locations in China'.

McAfee says that the attackers managed to get control of hosted IT services, and they compromised servers in the Netherlands.

SMi Group’s inaugural Oil and Gas Cyber Security Forum event sponsored by McAfee and Waterfall Security Solutions will discuss the hot topics involved in computer hacking and  cyber espionage.

The conference will include presentations from leading global oil and gas companies, hackers, consultants and other experts and will arm delegates with the knowledge to combat cyber threats global and national energy infrastructures.

The speaker line-up of industry experts includes Salem Elwi, Head of Central Engineering at Saudi Aramco.  Salem Elwi will give a unique insight into Saudi Aramco’s security strategies and how they counter cyber security threats.  This session will also examine the future oil industry security challenges.

Oil and Gas Cyber Security Forum will take place on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd November at the Copthorne Tara Hotel in London.

Full information and the conference programme can be found at

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