Rio, BHP, Fortescue Hit by China Computer Hackers, ABC Reports

The latest cyber attack reportedly originating in China was waged against several mining companies as four employees of were being arrested in China. From Bloomberg:

Rio Tinto Group faced cyber attacks from China at about the time of the arrest of four executives in the country, while Ltd. and Fortescue Metals Group Ltd. have also been hit, Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Hackers attacked Rio’s computer network last year, ABC said on its ‘Four Corners’ program, citing former employees and an Australian government official it didn’t identify. Rio took its Singapore office offline for almost three days to boost security while its Perth office was also affected, the program said.

Rio Tinto spokeswoman Christina Mills declined to comment.

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