21 Nov '11, 1pm

Reports Claim First-Ever Cyber Attack on U.S. Utility: We’ve been reporting for years how linking the Internet...

Reports Claim First-Ever Cyber Attack on U.S. Utility: We’ve been reporting for years how linking the Internet...

We’ve been reporting for years how linking the Internet to grid communications and control technology could open the country’s utilities to cyber attack . On Friday came reports of what may be the first such hack to cause physical damage to the country’s electric, water or gas infrastructure — a burned-out water pump at a small utility in Illinois. That’s not such a big deal in terms of damage caused. But if the report is true, it indicates that nefarious actors may have strung together several key stages of security vulnerabilities to infiltrate, then take control of, a piece of automated utility infrastructure — and that could be a very big deal indeed. Here’s the story. Earlier this month, workers at a small utility in central Illinois found a problem with the SCADA industrial controls that manage their water system, including a damaged water pump. An investigation by a...

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