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Growth of industrial espionage and spying on Swedish strategic establishments
Monday, 14 January 2013
Industrial espionage and spying in Swedish strategic industries is said
to be on the increase again. Swedish companies and research
institutions are seeing increases in attempts to seek access to vital
data by unauthorised people, using unconventional methods.
This is the impression given by the Swedish National Defence Radio
Establishment, FRA, which is the Swedish national authority for Signals
Intelligence that supply intelligence to the Government, the Government
Offices of Sweden, and the Swedish Armed Forces as well as other
The organisation reports that it is above all, the high-tech areas such
as defense, space, and aerospace industries, which are targets for
industrial espionage agents. There are countries that are spying on
Swedish strategic innovations and industrial secrets, according to
Fredrik Wallin, who is spokesperson for FRA, according to radio Sweden.
"One want to access the information that one pick out from these
information systems and it can be all in areas where we are
technologically advanced in Sweden, such as defense, aerospace
technology, pharmaceutical, food," said Fredrik Wallin to radio Sweden.
This is not about hacker groups who want to extract information they
come across. It's about state-sponsored espionage against Swedish
companies and research institutions.
Countries mentioned in this context are China, Russia and India who
want to get access into trade secrets and decisions which may be
important for a future trade deal in their advantage.
"Sweden has much that is interesting in the areas of high technology
and the problem is that it possesses large values in the form of
research, both from business and academias were a lot has been invested
into such developments. In many cases, one would probably be unaware of
this because it is not as apparent as when someone breaks into and
steal things, but it can be just as serious in the long term. So in the
long run, that will be eroding Sweden's competitiveness," Fredrik
Wallin to radio Sweden.
The Swedish government has said that it now needs some kind of warning
system that will enhance the protection of critical infrastructure from
cyber attacks of these kinds of espionage.
FRA says that the cost of such a warning system would be around Skr25 million.
"The trend is clear," says Fredrik Wallin of FRA, "attacks are
more and more targeted," and he thinks that Sweden need more
cooperation to combat this form of espionage.
By Scancomark.com Team