Oil and Gas firms hit by hackers.

Hackers have run rampant through the networks of at least five oil and gas firms for years, reveals a report. Compiled by security firm McAfee, it details the methods and techniques the hackers used to gain access via a combination of con tricks, computer vulnerabilities and weak security controls, the attackers gained access and stole secrets, it says. The hacker group behind the attack targeted documents detailing oil and gas exploration and bidding contracts.

In its report detailing what it dubbed the Night Dragon attacks, McAfee said the series of co-ordinated attempts to penetrate at least a dozen multinational oil, gas and energy companies began in November 2009. Five firms had confirmed the attacks, said McAfee.

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