BBC News - Anti-cyber threat centre launched

Roland Perry lists at
Wed Mar 27 14:12:53 GMT 2013

In article <F6FD81DC-6A74-48F8-B3D0-F56C23E01C9B at>, Ian 
Batten <igb at> writes
>What about the claim of large off-the-books losses?  Well, there's a 
>vague suggestion of that:
>One major London listed company had incurred revenue losses of £800m as 
>a result of cyber attack from a hostile state because of commercial 
>disadvantage in contractual negotiations.
>Translation: they bid for a contract with a total contract value of 
>£800m and lost to a foreign company.  Well, there's a million and one 
>reasons why that could happen, starting with your price being too high 
>or your delivery schedule being too slow, and ending with your salesman 
>committing some terrible faux-pas over dinner.  It's impossible to 
>ascribe one explanation, but obviously "it was shadowy hackers that 
>lost us the business" is a very easy excuse for everyone involved

A hacking scenario could be that competitors got sight of the internal 
bid papers and crucially managed to use that to their advantage in the 
late stages of the bid.
Roland Perry

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