Dec 18, 2011

U.S. readies itself for cyber-war
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Written by : Tom George| 0 | World News

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In an earlier post, I suggested that the Stuxnet worm (some experts are pointedly calling it a trojan – I think both terms apply) could be considered the opening salvo in an as-yet undeclared cyber-war. Go ahead, accuse me of being melodramatic. Although no one is unambiguously taking credit for Stuxnet, the current consensus is that the malware was indeed an attack upon one nation by another. In subsequent posts I have detailed the escalating vulnerability of civilian populations worldwide as intelligence and connectivity are added to elements of the critical infrastructure, including manufacturing, transportation, utilities, communications, and municipal services. The computerish components that automate services and coordinate communication are not well protected, to put it mildly. Many of the embedded systems used in industrial automation employ manufacturers’ default passwords that are listed in documentation available for download over the Internet. Some default passwords are burned into ROM chips.
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  • Hey Ann,

    Yes a totally terrifying scenario. I don’t think the average person out there is really aware of what could potentially happen with all the technology we are coming so heavy to depend on.

  • I can see the value of the offensive, but the thought of a complete shut down for no other purpose than to obtain higher ground seems “scary” as JD put it.

    Good find,
    Ann Marie


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