Articles about industrial espionage

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Cyber-crooks menacing hospitals are put under the microscope

Cybercriminals are spreading into the healthcare sector even though the price per stolen medical record remains lower than for comparable financial account crime. From hospitals becoming victims of hacking attacks to Olympic champions getting their health records leaked by hackers, the health sector has become a major target …
John Leyden, 26 Oct 2016
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Paging 1994: Crap encryption still rife in devices

Pager communications in industrial environments often run over unencrypted channels, creating a hacker risk in the process. Industries such as energy, manufacturing, and transportation still make extensive use of pager technologies that have been superseded in other sectors of the economy. Researchers at Trend Micro warn that …
John Leyden, 25 Oct 2016
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Taiwan Supreme Court rules former TSMC exec leaked chip secrets to Samsung

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) has reportedly won a lawsuit against a former employee over claims that he leaked details of the chip fabber's 28-nanometer process technology to archrival Samsung. As a result of the judgment, Liang Mong-song, a former top R&D man at TSMC, has been barred from working for …
Neil McAllister, 25 Aug 2015
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Tour de France leader's cycling data may have been hacked by doping critics

Professional cycling outfit Team Sky fears critics of team member and current Tour de France leader Chris Froome may have hacked into its systems and stolen training data. Froome's detractors have previously used power data in alleging the cyclist was using performance-enhancing drugs. The 30-year-old, who has always insisted …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2015
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Brazilian TV show accuses NSA of spying on oil firm based on leaked docs

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said that if leaked NSA documents showing the US spied on her country's state-run oil firm Petrobras are "confirmed", then it must have done so for “economic and strategic” reasons rather than for "national security". The leaked "intelligence documents" appear to run counter to US claims …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2013
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Rare AutoCAD worm lifted blueprints from Peru, sent them to China

Security watchers have discovered a worm that targets drawings created in AutoCAD software for computer-aided design (CAD). Tens of thousands of drawings have been swiped using the malware, which is likely to have been designed for industrial espionage, according to antivirus firm Eset. The worm, dubbed ACAD/Medre.A, steals …
John Leyden, 21 Jun 2012
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UK-French drone aircraft blueprints nicked at Paris station

Old-school crooks managed to steal documents related to secret plans to build a joint French-British drone aircraft after snatching a briefcase at a Paris railway station. The briefcase was stolen from an executive at French defence contractor Dassault Aviation while he and a colleague were in the process of purchasing a …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2012
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Whistleblower: Decade-long Nortel hack 'traced to China'

Nortel was the victim of a years-long network security breach that allowed hackers to extract its trade secrets, according to a veteran of the bankrupt Canadian telco systems biz. The hackers stole at least seven passwords from top executives before downloading research, business plans, technical papers, corporate emails and …
John Leyden, 15 Feb 2012
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Trojan smuggles out nicked blueprints as Windows Update data

Security watchers have uncovered a new highly targeted email-borne attack that uses a supposed conference invitation as a lure - and disguises extracted data as Microsoft Update traffic. The spearphishing attempts, which have been levied against several government-related organisations worldwide, try to use alleged unfixed …
John Leyden, 1 Feb 2012
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Renault fingers three for spying

French car giant Renault has suspended three senior executives for alleged industrial espionage offences. The company said that the three had been suspended without pay for ethical issues following an investigation. Anonymous sources told Reuters: "It involves people who were caught red-handed for industrial espionage. It's a …
John Oates, 6 Jan 2011
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Corrupt Akamai worker charged after secrets sting

An Akamai accounts worker has been arrested for alleged wire fraud. This follows a sting operation during which the man was led to believe he was handing over confidential information to an agent of a unnamed foreign power. In reality, Elliot Doxer, 42, was dealing with an undercover FBI agent. The agency were tipped off about …
John Leyden, 7 Oct 2010
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Iran nuclear plant shutdown due to 'leak'

Delays in bringing Iran's nuclear plant online at Bushehr are due to a "small leak" and nothing to do with the infamous Stuxnet worm, according to the country's energy minister. Bushehr was due to begin producing electricity in November, following the transfer of fuel to the core in September, but power production is being …
John Leyden, 5 Oct 2010
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Mystery lingers over stealthy Stuxnet infection

Analysis The infamous Stuxnet worm infected 14,000 systems inside Iran, according to new estimates. The sophisticated and complex malware was tuned to infect supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems that are used to control power plants and factories. Stuxnet was tuned to attack specific configurations of Siemens …
John Leyden, 27 Sep 2010
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Exiting workers more likely to steal data than stationery

Many workers have confessed they would be prepared to swipe data from their ex-employers when they changed jobs. An online poll of 1,594 full and part-time workers and contractors in the US and UK found that around a quarter (29 per cent in the US and 23 per cent in the UK) would steal customer lists and other sensitive data …
John Leyden, 19 Aug 2010
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Couple charged over hybrid car industrial espionage plot

A Michigan couple faces charges of stealing industrial secrets on hybrid cars from GM before attempting to sell the data to a Chinese auto manufacturer. Yu Qin, 49, and his wife, Shanshan Du, 51, of Troy, Michigan have been charged with four offences, including unauthorised possession of trade secrets and wire fraud under an …
John Leyden, 23 Jul 2010
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MS confirms Windows shortcut zero-day flaw

Microsoft has confirmed the presence of a zero-day vulnerability in Windows, following reports of sophisticated malware-based hacking attacks on industrial control systems that take advantage of the security flaw. Security shortcomings in the Windows shortcut (.lnk files) are being exploited by the Stuxnet rootlet, an …
John Leyden, 19 Jul 2010
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Hordes of new threats ahead for mobile networks

Malware on smartphones is just the first in a series of new security threats for mobile networks ushered in by the embrace of internet technologies, according to mobile phone encryption firms. Dr Bjoern Rupp, chief exec of GSMK CryptoPhone, warns that criminal gangs are able to steal private information and undermine fair …
John Leyden, 24 Feb 2010
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False Moscow CCTV feed scam leads to fraud charges

The discovery that some CCTV cameras around Moscow streamed prerecorded images, instead of live pictures, has resulted in criminal charges against StroyMontageService, the firm that maintained the network. Dmitry Kudryavtsev, a director of StroyMontageService, has been arrested and charged with fraud over the alleged scam, …
John Leyden, 15 Jan 2010

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