Posted By Rich Miller On September 27, 2007 @ 10:49 am In Power | Comments Disabled
One answer (for the lack of SCADA attacks) may be the sheer complexity of major infrastructure systems: Though SCADA computers have weak external security, controlling them takes engineering expertise. Most hackers could only gain enough control to create the fear that they’re capable of something worse, says Alan Paller, director of the SANS Institute. … Paller says he’s learned of multiple threats within the last year and a half from hackers claiming to have infiltrated SCADA systems and demanding ransom. “There’s been very active and sophisticated chatter in the hacker community, trading exploits on how to break through capabilities on these systems,” he says. “That kind of chatter usually precedes bad things happening.”Is the threat for real? Information is power, so here’s a list of resources  on the subject of SCADA security and some best practice recommendations  from the UK government on keeping the bad guys out of your control systems.
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URLs in this post:
 story: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/26/power.at.risk/index.html
 video: http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/09/26/power.at.risk/index.html#cnnSTCVideo
 feature article in Electric Light & Power : http://www.emersonprocess.com/home/library/articles/elp/elp0608_cybersecurity.pdf
 Idaho National Laboratory: http://www.inl.gov/scada/
 Center for SCADA security: http://sandia.gov/scada/home.htm
 discussed at Slashdot: http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/09/27/1229230
 Forbes story: http://www.forbes.com/2007/08/22/scada-hackers-infrastructure-tech-security-cx_ag_0822hack.html
 list of resources: http://www.inl.gov/scada/resources.shtml
 best practice recommendations: http://www.cpni.gov.uk/Products/guidelines.aspx
 Rich Miller: http://www.datacenterknowledge.com/archives/author/richm/
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