Intelligence Agencies Investigate Possible Cyber Espionage Case

| April 12, 2011

April 12, 2011 ( Recently, French counter crime agencies identified a possible case of industrial espionage case at Turbomeca, a subsidiary of aerospace and defense firm Safran. Turbomeca manufactures gas turbine turboshaft engines for helicopters. According to Reuters, attackers allegedly intruded the computer networks of Turbomeca and gained unauthorized access to confidential information related to propeller systems. The attackers were also successful in extracting data on billing and project costs related to Safran. The Central Directorate of Internal Intelligence (DCRI) is conducting the investigation to the alleged industrial espionage case. Around 12 persons have been arrested in the case and are being tried in a court at Nanterre, one of the arrondissements in administrative division of Hauts-de-Seine.

Attackers are alleged to have attacked the networks during the first eight months of last year. Law enforcement authorities are also investigating the possibility of insider involvement in the security breach. The attack assumes significance as French Government holds 30% stake in Safran.

Growing number of attacks on government and business organizations has led to increased demand for professionals qualified in computer science degree, IT masters degree, computer forensics, security audit, system administration, network administration, penetration testing and incident management.

Loss of privileged technical information may have severe strategic and financial repercussions for a business. Cyber espionage also encourages unfair practices among business organizations. Organizations must conduct in-depth security evaluation of IT infrastructure through penetration testing to identify and mitigate threat vectors. Software products must be regularly updated and appropriate patches must be applied to safeguard computer systems and networks. Disgruntled employees may also leak sensitive information related to business. Insider theft is more difficult to detect. As such, access to databases containing privileged information must be restricted to few authorized employees. Organizations must have proper monitoring mechanisms in place to identify any unauthorized activity.

Attackers may also use social engineering techniques to extract privileged information from employees. Employees must be trained on the security precautions to be taken while working on the Internet. They must be educated on the different types of online threats and methods used by fraudsters to extract confidential information. E-learning and online computer degree programs could help employees to acquaint themselves with safe online computing practices.

Organizations must also place on training of IT professionals to update their technical know-how and ability to combat sophisticated cyber threats. Undertaking online technology degree programs and regular participation in webinars, discussion forms and information security conferences may equip IT professionals with necessary skills to deal with vibrant cyber threats.

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  1. David says:

    Everything written in this article is true, but one must also take into account and as a possibility that maybe there was some help from the inside – against that kind of threat any education or safety precaution is weak.

    On the other hand, after the incident in Renault this should have been expected.


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