Several companies in the chemical sector were targeted by hackers between April and September of this year.

"A number of Fortune 100 companies involved in research and development of chemical compounds and advanced materials were targeted as part of the attacks, codenamed Nitro, Symantec reported," writes IT PRO's Tom Brewster.

"The group, a member of which Symantec spoke to in order to gain a greater understanding of the attacks, sought to gain intellectual property by placing a Remote Access Tool (RAT) Trojan known as Poison Ivy onto targets’ machines," Brewster writes.

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