Brazil’s Petrobras CEO says no sign US NSA hacked oil bid data

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The head of Brazil’s state-run company Petrobras said yesterday there was no evidence its computers had been hacked by a US intelligence agency to give American companies the edge in bidding for a large off-shore oil field next month.

The Brazilian Senate has opened an investigation into revelations that the US National Security Agency spied on the private communications of Brazilians including their president, Dilma Rousseff, and the country’s largest company Petrobras, which has made the world’s most important deepwater oil discoveries in decades.

“There are no reports of a cyber attack on our information network,” Petrobras president Maria das Graças Foster told a Senate committee hearing. “Our IT technicians say there was no breach or any sign of a hacking attempt if there was one.”

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