November 8, 2013

STILL: Power Plants and Other Vital Systems Are Totally Exposed on the Internet.

What do the controls for two hydroelectric plants in New York, a generator at a Los Angeles foundry, and an automated feed system at a Pennsylvania pig farm all have in common? What about a Los Angeles pharmacy’s prescription system and the surveillance cameras at a casino in Czechoslovakia?

They’re all exposed on the internet, without so much as a password to block intruders from accessing them.

Despite all of the warnings in recent years about poorly configured systems exposing sensitive data and controls to the internet, researchers continue to find machines with gaping doors left open and a welcome mat laid out for hackers.

This was pathetic a decade ago; now it’s unforgivable.

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