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Security hole exposes utilities to Internet attack

Posted: Wed Jun 11, 2008 8:13 pm UTC
by '; DROP DATABASE;--
(I've been posting a lot of Wired stuff lately... <_<)
Just like out of the movies. Security holes in the software that controls power plants, water supplies, etc, running on systems that are connected to the Internet. Buffer overflows, even. I'm scared. :(

But it gets worse:
What's clear is that such control systems are increasingly vulnerable to Internet-borne threats, since viruses and worms have disrupted service in power plants, automobile factories and gasoline pipelines - even when those facilities weren't targeted.
Why are these things running Windows‽ (I'm assuming, given how many Mac/Linux worm problems there have been...)

Re: Security hole exposes utilities to Internet attack

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 1:37 am UTC
by Ian Ex Machina
:o it will turn out like that film where hackers can make gas pipes explode!

Re: Security hole exposes utilities to Internet attack

Posted: Thu Jun 12, 2008 10:31 am UTC
by niko7865
Ian Ex Machina wrote::o it will turn out like that film where hackers can make gas pipes explode!


Didn't that already (sort) of happen with the largest non-nuclear explosion ever? When we let the Russians steal our intentionally buggy gas pipe software.