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THREE major Australian mining companies have been the targets of Chinese cyber attacks, with one coming around the time of Stern Hu's arrest there on bribery and spying charges.
ABC Television's Four Corners program said mining giants BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Fortescue Metals Group had all been the subject of cyber attacks emanating from China.
One, targeting Rio's computer network, happened around the time of Hu's arrest in July.
Major Nicholas Chantler, a former army counter-intelligence officer and now cyber security lecturer, heard of the attack.
"I would have to say that it shook a lot of cages, because we'd already been aware of these sorts of situations, albeit at a much lower level," he told the ABC.