Feb 09 2008
From the Dark Visitor dated 2006:
Sectors where the financial interest of the (Red Hacker) alliance and the security interests of the state coincide could present even greater difficulties for outside industries to protect their trade secrets and keep them confidential. Take for example China’s rising energy needs and its worldwide search for energy resources. There are tremendous pressures exerted on the state to sustain the country’s economic momentum moving forward and to do that they must ensure a consistent and steady supply of fuel. The competition to secure finite resources such as oil and natural gas can be quite competitive and the methods to attain them could move far beyond those of traditional market mechanisms. Chinese hackers, working for personal gain, could find a lucrative market in the sale of information related to the petroleum industry and the state may be more inclined to turn a blind eye to the practice if it facilitated expansion of Chinese industrial interests.
Chinese authorities are believed to be seeking information on subjects such as military secrets and the prices Australian companies will seek for resources such as coal and iron ore.
This will not be an isolated incident. Cyber protection of national energy resources needs to take a much higher priority. Look at the long-term needs of the country attacking and the list of targeted information becomes much clearer.
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