Hackers targeted about 50 organizations--including chemical and defense companies--in a global wave of cyber espionage attacks this summer, Symantec said in a report released today.
The goal apparently was to steal intellectual property such as design documents, formulas, and manufacturing processes. "The purpose of the attacks appears to be industrial espionage, collecting intellectual property for competitive advantage," according to the report. (PDF)
Meanwhile, French nuclear power group Areva was reportedly targeted in a cyber attack in September.
The wave of espionage attacks on the chemical and other firms started in late July and continued through mid-September, but command … Read more