February 12, 2011
Chinese hackers targeted energy multinationals
Computer security firm alleges attackers made co-ordinated intrusions into systems of five major oil and gas firms.
The computer security firm McAfee has alleged that attackers made "co-ordinated, covert and targeted" intrusions into the systems of five major oil and gas firms to steal proprietary information.
Reuters said the three largest US-based oil companies – Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips – declined to comment, saying they did not discuss security measures as a matter of policy.
Ma Zhaoxu, spokesman for China's foreign ministry, said he did not know of the case. "I really have no grasp of this situation, but we frequently hear about these types of reports," he said.
McAfee, which has an interest in publicising security threats, given that it sells products to combat them, said it had provided the data to the FBI.
The FBI said it was aware of cyber threats but could not comment on the specific allegations.