Via Scoop.it – internetbillboards
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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