Hackers Targeting Chemical Companies
Thankfully we can chalk this up to industrial espionage rather than massive human destruction, but experts are still worried and rightfully so. The cyber attacks were traced to chemical and military related companies. Such targets included 29 chemical companies and 19 others which make advanced materials used by the military.
The latest attacks occurred between late July and September and used e-mails sent to companies to plant software dubbed “PoisonIvy” in their computers, Symantec said. It said the same hackers also were involved in attacks earlier this year on human rights groups and auto companies.
Symantec said it traced the attacks to a computer system owned by a Chinese man in his 20s in the central province of Hebei. It said that when contacted, the man provided a contact who would perform “hacking for hire.”
Symantec said it could not determine whether the Chinese man was a lone attacker, whether he had a direct or indirect role or whether he hacked the targets for someone else. It called him Covert Grove based on a translation of his Chinese name.