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Hacker plot to infiltrate chemical company’s computer systems fails

July 12, 2012

HEERLEN, Netherlands — A plot to infiltrate the corporate computer systems of Dutch chemical company DSM has been foiled, The Register reported.

Hackers left several malware-infected USB flash drives in the company’s parking lot in hopes that unsuspecting employees would connect them to company-owned workstations.

However, upon finding one of the drives, an employee handed it over to DSM’s IT department. System administrators scanned the device and found a password-stealing keylogger, which was designed to upload stolen usernames and passwords to a hacker-controlled server.

The perpetrators of the attempted cyber attack are unknown at this time.