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Hackers destroy pump at U.S. water utility plant

By Leeky · 23 replies
Nov 18, 2011
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  1. Hackers have managed to destroy a water pump at a U.S. water utility plant after gaining access to the industrial control system (ICS) used to control the pump and other…

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  2. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 188   +11

    It has STARTED! Live free or DIE HARD! Did I get the name of the movie correct?
  3. The death of the OPEN Internet is right around the corner.
  4. Why are industrial control systems connected to the internet instead of firewalled, internal network?
  5. captainawesome

    captainawesome TS Guru Posts: 428   +44

    Hmm Springfield ey. Maybe it was just Homer?
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,007   +18

    On the bright side, five water utility plants in Russia failed without no US interference whatsoever.

    Hopefully this finally prompts some additional security in our infrastructure. Out gov't is wasting trillions on other crap anyway, might as well steer some of that cash towards something actually important, not shovel-ready rural roads.
  7. lchu12

    lchu12 TS Booster Posts: 188   +11

    Actually I hope we start funding our military for cyber warfare. Maybe cut our aid to *cough* Libya *cough* to fund it...
  8. Mindwraith

    Mindwraith TS Enthusiast Posts: 186

    there are so many things wrong with that statement...
  9. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,279   +1,484

    "At this time there is no credible corroborated data that indicates a risk to critical infrastructure entities or a threat to public safety."

    Because breaking into an ICS system with premier security shows that the US security software is doing well and you have nothing to fear.

    Ummmm.. Uhh. Mr. Uncle Sam, your public safety statement opposes what this article shows. Should we still believe you? Oh wait, America is full of people that let Uncle Sam form thier opinion, we should be fine.

  10. davimous

    davimous TS Rookie Posts: 54   +9

    Most water treatment and distribution facilities are not manned 24 hours a day so workers normally have access through the internet. Then again there is nothing stopping someone from breaking into a facility like this and doing the damage manually. The real damage could be done at a wastewater treatment plant though.
  11. NTAPRO

    NTAPRO TS Evangelist Posts: 809   +104

    LOL Russia...
    People just don't like the US
  12. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,613   +595

    What **** heads.
  13. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +13

    The Russians who did it or the company for keeping their systems open to the internet?
  14. The hackers only gained access to the SCADA network, which is generally on the corporate network of the utility, NOT the industrial control network as the article might suggest. If they had access to the control network they could have easily shut down the whole plant.
  15. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 158   +15

    Pff... What a waste of people... Why don't they focus their efforts on work?
  16. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,509   +5,073

    I can understand a need in having the infrastructure exposed to the Internet. What I can't understand is why there is no disconnect from the Internet and only connecting when the need arises.

    Keeping an Internet connection alive is waving a red flag and suggesting "Here I am, break me if you can!".
  17. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 5,746   +14

    Execute these criminals
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,074   +4,081

    See, the cold war's not over.
  19. this is just bull sh!t propaganda right around the time they are pushing some stupid bill. It doesn't matter how much of security you have, The less and less allies and friends you have with all the stuff you're doing around the world you will always have enemies uncle sam. and it will never end unless you change our out look and foreign policies.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,074   +4,081

    Wouldn't this go over better at an Al-Qaeda website? Although, hearing yourself talk wouldn't be as satisfying there, now would it? Everybody would be saying the same thing as you. Oh wait, that would make you the one spouting propaganda....:rolleyes:
  21. this is exactly what I'm talking about. If anyone has an alternative opinion from what you think. you mark them as hostile and associate them to a terrorist organization. Let's not even talk about al sh!taki cus we all know who made osama bin ladin and his bunch of sh!t heads. I hope you learn from this instead of just accusing them of being a terrorist. if you go about things the way you do pretty soon even your mother will be al-Qaeda.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,074   +4,081

    So then, if my mother dies a martyr, will she get 76 virgins in paradise? Would she have her choice of the sex of the virgins?
  23. nah dude she doesn't have to die a martyr, she can just to go to Brazil and do all that.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,074   +4,081

    Point taken. Just one thing though. Does that mean she'd have to learn to land the airliner, not just fly it......? :confused: :haha:

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