Timeline: Critical infrastructure attacks increase steadily in past decade

A look back at noteworthy cyberattacks on utilities, ports, pipelines and more throughout the years

By Mari Keefe, Computerworld |  Security

This timeline accompanies our story After Stuxnet: The new rules of cyberwar.?


Siberian pipeline sabotage: The CIA places deliberate flaws in control system plans stolen by Russia. Allegedly flaws in the stolen software led to a massive pipeline explosion in June 1982.

Source: The Telegraph


Salt River Project computer network hack: While accessing billing information, an employee gains access to the utility's mission-critical systems, including those that handle water and power monitoring and delivery, as well as financial and customer and personal information. Log-in and password files, computer system log files and "root" privileges were taken and/or altered.

Source: Idaho National Laboratory


Port of Houston system crash: By bombarding its computer system with thousands of electronic messages, British hacker Aaron Caffrey crashes the system that helps ships navigate the harbor in the Port of Houston, one of the largest U.S. ports.

Source:BBC News


The Slammer Worm: The worm infects at least 120,000 computers, causing network outages and disrupting flights, elections, ATMs, 9-1-1 emergency services and a nuclear monitoring system at the Davis-Besse Ohio Nuclear Power Plant.

Source: Computerworld


Titan Rain: A series of computer attacks originally launched against a variety of U.S. military computer systems in 2003 go undetected until the following year. Thought to have originated in China, the hacks didn't breach classified systems, but sensitive files were copied.



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