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Hackers Targeted U.S. LNG Producers in Run-Up to Ukraine War

  • 21 companies affected by two-week blitz in February, firm says
  • More than 100 workers hacked as tensions roiled energy markets
Elba Island LNG export terminal in Georgia.
Elba Island LNG export terminal in Georgia.Photographer: Stephen Morton/Bloomberg
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In mid-February, hackers gained access to computers belonging to current and former employees at nearly two dozen major natural gas suppliers and exporters, including Chevron Corp., Cheniere Energy Inc. and Kinder Morgan Inc., according to research shared exclusively with Bloomberg News.

The attacks targeted companies involved with the production of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, and they were the first stage in an effort to infiltrate an increasingly critical sector of the energy industry, according to Gene Yoo, chief executive officer of Los Angeles-based Resecurity Inc., which discovered the operation. They occurred on the eve of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, when energy markets were already roiled by tight supplies.