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US Petroleum Employee Charged with Stealing Trade Secrets for Chinese Firm
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1/2/2019 | 10:48:47 AM
Re: Even citizens influenced
Makes sense, logically, to extort/target the smaller entity. It's an interesting perspective of leverage that you are discussing. I'd imagine if this is in fact the case here that it would be difficult to prove for the accused?

What would you say would be the appropriate response before and perhaps even after the extortion occurs in a scenario such as that for the accused?
Joe Stanganelli
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12/31/2018 | 10:33:12 PM
Even citizens influenced
Despite this suspect being a Chinese national, I shared a conversation with a security executive recently about the fact that these insider threats sometimes occur from otherwise loyal employees who get extorted to offer access to "small" things because nation-state actors have compromised that employee's social/financial/health/etc. information elsewhere. (Think an employee at a major government contractor, for instance.)

This is why nation-state hackers target seemingly arbitrary targets like universities, hotels, etc. If they get a few juicy tidbits of information related to contractors/academic partners/etc. involved in government work, it pays off better and bigger than attacking the government agency itself directly.


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