Australia is Not Immune: Understanding and Acting on the Risk to the Energy Industry

Late last year, the New South Wales Department of Industry, Resources and Energy was considering the approval of several significant projects, including approval of the AU$1.2 billion Shenhua Watermark coal mine. It was at this time that the IT systems of the Department's regional office in Maitland registered a marked increase in virus activity. It soon became apparent that hackers were coordinating a malware-based attack to hack into the Department's network. Steps were immediately taken in response and no data was accessed at this time.

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