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DOD: Hackers Breached U.S. Critical Infrastructure Control Systems
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MyW0r1d
MyW0r1d,
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10/22/2012 | 7:51:33 PM
re: DOD: Hackers Breached U.S. Critical Infrastructure Control Systems
I have never read anything which referred to SCADA equipment as being anything other than interconnected permitting control from a distance (in other words they must transfer data between themselves using known methods). The concept of the SmartGrid itself is founded on interconnectivity and independence being able to regulate services on environmental conditions. Think of your water and electrical meters that now transmit consumption to the central office without the "meter readers" making their rounds but also smart houses where your appliances can be controlled through the internet and as usual the focus is on convenience and cost reduction not security in development. Anonymous and similar groups may now focus on nuisance DDoS activity, but as there is a market for avoiding telephone usage fees (Magic Jack) there will be a market for solutions to reduce or eliminate energy and utilities consumption.
PJS880
PJS880,
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10/16/2012 | 7:12:20 AM
re: DOD: Hackers Breached U.S. Critical Infrastructure Control Systems
I though that these particular infrastructure were, or definitely should be, impenetrable by security breeches. These plants are our electric, water and various other necessities that we as Americans use on a daily basis. You can bet your bottom dollar that these services go down for any reason it would cause mass panic and no doubt there would be people hurt within the panic that takes place. These precautionary measures and disaster recovery plans need to put into play way before one of these actual attacks occurred. If hackers can gain access to and actual gain control of these systems for the sole purpose of causing disaster, then what is next?

Paul Sprague
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verdumont456
verdumont456,
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10/12/2012 | 5:40:32 PM
re: DOD: Hackers Breached U.S. Critical Infrastructure Control Systems
I thought all these "Critical" infrastructure components are not connected to internet.. What happened??


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