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Cyberattack Reports On U.S. Critical Infrastructure Jump Dramatically
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7/3/2012 | 2:26:54 AM
re: Cyberattack Reports On U.S. Critical Infrastructure Jump Dramatically
This really isn't that surprising, is it? How many Fed talking heads have been screaming about how CyberWarfare is the next realm that we need to achieve superiority in?

At any rate - anecdotally, I can remember a number of years ago when I was working for a producer of energy and automation products that were used to control anything from paint mixers to nuclear reactors and looking at their options for interfacing their PLC networks with dial-up connectivity. The idea was that the plants could be controlled remotely and from a centralized location.

Great idea - except that as long as that modem was answering, there really weren't many safeguards in to prevent it from being abused. Now, while it might be fun to change the mix levels on a vat of paint and turn 1,000 gallons of white into 1,000 gallons of something other than white; however, the risk inherent in using dial-up to monitor/configure a nuclear power plant was horrifically scary to me.

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