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Hackers Increasingly Target Mining Firms

A new survey by the Ernst & Young professional services firm found that metals and mining companies are increasingly vulnerable to hacking. The study said the threats come from many sources including criminals trying to gain financially from supply disruptions through commodity pricing changes, rivals seeking business secrets, governments and state-owned firms looking to gain an advantage in contract negotiations, and antimining activists. More than 40 percent of surveyed metals and mining companies stated that they had seen increased external threats in the past 12 months. Most vulnerable were small or mid-size firms, which don’t consider themselves to be hacking targets. (Reuters)(The Australian) 

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