Monday, December 21, 2015

And- just possibly- a lot of dam operators

and other utility people just got more serious about data security.
Iranian hackers breached the control system of a dam near New York City, an infiltration that raised concerns about the security of the country's infrastructure, it has been revealed.

The computer systems controlling the Bowman Avenue Dam in Rye, around 20 miles from New York City, were hacked from the Middle East in 2013 and could have caused surrounding areas to flood.

The hackers gained access to the dam through a cellular modem, the Wall Street Journal reported, sparking worry all the way up to the White House.
It better have.
The dam breach was difficult to pin down, and federal investigators at first thought the target was a much larger dam in Oregon, the Journal said.
Maybe it was, and they got their address wrong.  Or they wanted to try a smaller one first.  Or maybe they used this to get something into the network.

Thrilling thought, isn't it?

1 comment:

Phssthpok said...

"... at first thought the target was a much larger dam in Oregon..."

Take outGrand Coolee and you can pretty much write off ten other dams down stream...