• 'SCADA and Me': An unlikely picturebook for kids, industrial primer for adults

    Posted September 27, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    Rob Lee got the idea for SCADA and Me - a barely-technical picturebook that introduces industrial control systems to novices - from a group that should have already known what SCADA systems were but didn't, and who afterwards suggested that he write up a non-technical handout to distribute at his next briefing.
  • The SCADA security survival guide

    Posted May 2, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    There's a gap between SCADA system security technologies and the understanding of risk among those in operations. Here's a collection of some of our best stories on the threats, and what needs to be done to mitigate them.
  • Security stories to watch: Patches for Java, IE, and SCADA-pocalypse!

    Posted January 15, 2013 - 11:55 am

    The patches are out for both Java and Internet Explorer, but this is hardly the end of the story - or the hand wringing. Also: a SCADA-pocalypse!
  • Poor SCADA security will keep attackers and researchers busy in 2013

    Posted December 21, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    An increasing number of vulnerability researchers will focus their attention on industrial control systems (ICS) in the year to come, but so will cyberattackers, security experts believe.
  • The future of SCADA-control security

    Posted May 4, 2012 - 7:59 am

    If you're a CXO overseeing a critical infrastructure that contains SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) controls, a chief concern is how to protect the infrastructure against terrorist attacks. Changes in control software will continue to accelerate until the most critical infrastructure weaknesses (oil refineries, electrical power plants, water treatment facilities) are addressed worldwide. But it may take years to replace all of the controls.
  • Stuxnet-like 'attack' on Ill. utility never happened; S. Houston hack proved it could have

    Posted December 1, 2011 - 4:35 pm

    The cyberattack from Russia reported to have have caused major damage at an Illinois water utility last month turns out to have been gross misinterpretation, but one proven to have been credible by a similar attack on a similar utility at almost the same time.
  • 4 lessons from the Springfield, Ill. SCADA cyberattack

    Posted November 23, 2011 - 7:35 am

    The recent cyberattack on a public water utility in Springfield, Ill. has stoked considerable concerns about the vulnerability of U.S. critical infrastructure equipment.
  • FAQ: What you should know about Illinois water-district SCADA breach

    Posted November 22, 2011 - 9:17 am

    Here are some key questions and answers about the Nov. 8 break-in of the control network at an Illinois water utility that resulted in attackers burning out a pump.
  • Illinois, Texas hacks show it's easy to take over U.S. water systems

    Posted November 21, 2011 - 3:07 pm

    Despite years of warnings, security agencies surprised when two water utilities are pwned almost simultaneously
  • After Stuxnet, a rush to find bugs in industrial systems

    Posted October 13, 2011 - 9:01 pm

    Kevin Finisterre isn't the type of person you expect to see in a nuclear power plant. With a beach ball-sized Afro, aviator sunglasses and a self-described "swagger," he looks more like Clarence Williams from the '70s TV show "The Mod Squad" than an electrical engineer.
  • Can hacker assassins target insulin pumps?

    Posted August 8, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Don't you love it when separate trends crash into each other, making a big fracking mess? That's what we have with the fattening of America creating more diabetics. Insulin pump manufacturers, trying to be all cool and with it, make wireless insulin pumps. And those trends run head on into the Black Hat convention in Las Vegas last week, where security researcher Jay Radcliffe detailed how his insulin pump and continuous glucose meter turned his body into a SCADA system. And those can be hacked.
  • SCADA systems: Achilles geel of critical infrastructure

    Posted June 20, 2011 - 9:49 am

    Our critical infrastructure is an attractive target for enemy nations, terrorist groups, or even run-of-the-mill cyber criminals, and many security experts believe that it is not remotely protected against cyber attacks. The SCADA systems that manage and control much of the critical infrastructure for the United States were not designed with security in mind, and are not engineered for an Internet-connected world.
  • Pressure SCADA developers on security

    Posted May 26, 2011 - 11:49 am

    The discovery of a number of what have been described as serious vulnerabilities within industrial control systems built by manufacturing giant Siemens AG -- and the subsequent nixing of a presentation about those very vulnerabilities -- has raised questions about how the nature of vulnerability disclosure should -- or shouldn't -- change when it comes to the security flaws in industrial systems.
  • Security wonks accuse Siemens of underplaying SCADA risk

    Posted May 24, 2011 - 2:31 pm

    Siemens cancelled a talk on the risks in its industrial control apps last week, claiming a week later it was due to a failed patch. Analysts said Siemens is hiding facts to protect its reputation.
  • A botched fix, not legal demands, nixed SCADA security talk

    Posted May 23, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Government didn't pull SCADA security talk. Rather, it was a legitimate need for caution, presenters contend.
  • Iran official threatens retaliation for Stuxnet

    Posted April 18, 2011 - 1:40 pm

    While angry Iranian officials shouting at the West seemed to reduce tension over attacks on their nuclear facilities, Americans started attacking their own utilities.
  • SCADA security arms race underway

    Posted April 1, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Following Stuxnet, security researchers are now taking a closer look at the software that controls industrial systems.
  • Russian security team to upgrade SCADA exploit tool

    Posted March 26, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    A Russian security company plans to release an upgraded exploit pack for industrial control software that incorporates a raft of new vulnerabilities released by an Italian security researcher.
  • US infrastructure vulnerable to Stuxnet-style attacks

    Posted March 24, 2011 - 11:53 am

    A security researcher has issued warnings about flaws that would let four common SCADA apps to be hacked and controlled remotely.
  • Contractor pleads guilty to SCADA tampering

    Posted September 23, 2009 - 9:05 pm

    The former IT consultant for a oil and gas exploration company has pleaded guilty to tampering with the company's SCADA computer systems.
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