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US: Cyber attacks on utilities, industries rise

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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 06:30 PM
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US: Cyber attacks on utilities, industries rise


www.ksro.com

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — U.S. utilities and other crucial industries face an increasing number of cyber break-ins by attackers using more sophisticated methods, a senior Homeland Security Department official told reporters during the first tour of the government's secretive defense labs intended to protect the nation's power grid, water and communications systems.
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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 06:30 PM
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If a country was ever going to be more vulnerable it would be when it's utilities were targeted. The US I would think would not be immune to this vulnerability if we were to lose certain utilities.

The good part is we are on top of it, however in cyber war you generally don't know the location of your enemy and the weaponry is constantly updated.

I do believe the US would survive an attack unless the attacker was strong enough to hit all the major utilities at once, electric and communications being what I feel would be the primary targets.

Puts emphasis on the phrase "we'll put your lights out"!

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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 06:37 PM
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why the hell are these systems even wired to the grid?



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 06:46 PM
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I concur, I mean if Wal-mart can do it...if i recall...Wal-mart is on their own network..I think it's a Cisco network if I remember correctly. I don't see why these systems aren't on similar even more secure systems. Along with all our other vulnerable/classified stuff. Power to the lowest bidder



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 06:46 PM
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According to the article 7 automated utility systems have been attacked so far this year.
Doesn't sound like a lot until one thinks about how absolutely dependent we are as a nation on electricity for nearly Everything.

I remember several years ago the twelve year old that hacked into the Hoover Dam controls.

It's a bit unnerving.
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posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 06:48 PM
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THe first thing I thought after reading the title was my dishwasher and dryer



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 06:57 PM
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It's a bit unnerving.


Indeed it is. Let's just hope those charged with keeping us safe stay on top of their game.



posted on Sep, 29 2011 @ 07:00 PM
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Haha, I got a chuckle out of that. Like "Ohhh Nooo's"
not my appliances, anything but that.



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