Natural gas pipeline hacking linked with China

Days after a report surfaced that the country's natural gas infrastructure has been under an ongoing cyber attack, investigators believe they may have identified a link to China, according to a report from The Christian Science Monitor.

The attacks, which have been occurring since late this past March, have targeted several of the country's natural gas pipeline companies.

More importantly, the Department of Homeland Security noted in a statement that "Analysis of the malware and artifacts associated with these cyber attacks has positively identified this activity as related to a single campaign."

The Monitor reports that some investigators now believe that the campaign is tied to another attack last year against cybersecurity company RSA, which the head of the National Security Agency told Congress could be traced back to China. The group responsible for the RSA attacks has also been linked to several previous hacking incidents around the globe.

Politico reports that these recent attacks, combined with the devastating 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in California, illustrate the potential dangers of the rapidly expanding gas pipeline network.

Studies on the U.S. gas pipeline market are available at PennEnergy's Research area.

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