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originally posted by: ReadLeader
The (not so) funny thing is - the hackers claimed they kept quiet for 2 FRIGGIN years; this just shows and tells us ALL how far behind the 8 ball we really are-
originally posted by: WeAreAWAKE
I refuse to believe it was an Iranian "group"...maybe "department of the military" is more accurate. And people wonder why some are against giving them over 100 billion dollars when they pull crap like this. One well planned, thought out attack on such resources could be devastating.
And to the previous poster...I agree. Why the hell are such computers reachable over the internet or any such communications? These should be closed, custom operating systems maybe even written in a top-secret programming language built for security first. It isn't that difficult...really!!!
originally posted by: WeAreAWAKE
a reply to: Aazadan
Understood...and yes, it would take infrastructure changes. But there is no "need" to be accessible via the internet. A country wide intranet that is locked from external access not simply by devices (which can be hacked) but actual connectivity is not only possible, but likely required in this "new world" we live within. The idea that I can cause damage to a nuclear facility from my home, Windows PC is a bit too compromising.
We can lay new cabling and protect it for secure facilities. But you are correct...it won't be cheap. But maybe cheaper than a nuclear melt down.
Iranians in 2013 hacking of New York dam By Matthew Dean Published March 23, 2016 FoxNews.com Now Playing Report: Iranian hacker hacked dam near New York City The Department of Justice will announce charges against as many as five individuals with ties to the Iranian government for computer hacking-related crimes in connection with the 2013 hacking of a New York dam, a law enforcement source told Fox News Wednesday.
Hacks and codes: DOJ to indict Iranian hackers - RT
In an effort to confront foreign cyber-attacks, the Obama administration is expected to hold Iranian hackers responsible for a series of coordinated attacks on multiple US banks and a New York dam in 2012 and 2013. The Department of Justice (DOJ) plans ...
Wed, 23 Mar 2016 21:30:11 -0700 - RTHacks and codes: DOJ to indict Iranian hackersRTIn an effort to confront foreign cyber-attacks, the Obama administration is ...
While there’s no apparent damage related to the hack, it’s alarming for a number of reasons. The scariest bit is that it reportedly took investigators a long time to figure out exactly which dam had been infiltrated.
Analysts discovered the hack while monitoring IP addresses associated with disruptions to websites of US banking institutions. They found computers trawling the internet for vulnerable industrial infrastructure, and a couple of IP addresses were linked to a “Bowman” dam. The trouble? There are 31 dams with the name Bowman in the United States, and they didn’t know which one it was.
At this time the hack is classified and unconfirmed.
It’s scary enough that much of our infrastructure is connected to the internet somehow, and that, as the WSJ notes, it’s all pretty much hanging out there insecurely. What really gets me about this is that once analysts figured out that there was a hack, they still couldn’t really figure out where it was.