Skip to comments.U.S. utility's control system was hacked, says Homeland Security
Posted on 05/20/2014 4:01:13 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
A sophisticated hacking group recently attacked a U.S. public utility and compromised its control system network, but there was no evidence that the utility's operations were affected, according to the Department of Homeland Security.
DHS did not identify the utility in a report that was issued this week by the agency's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT.
ICS-CERT said in the report posted on its website that investigators had determined the utility had likely been the victim of previous intrusions. It did not elaborate.
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Stop spending so much time covering Obama’s butt for all his various misdeeds and derelictions. All these agencies exist for one thing only: to be courtiers to Their Majesties.
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This is one of the reasons that many SCADA systems are still built with proprietary or even ancient computers and designs, with Winders only providing I/O.
More importantly, why does that SCADA system have an internet portal? I thought such systems were isolated from the internet.
Because they use the internet for connectivity between sites.
They should use straight SAT.
Point to point is the way to go with no access the public inter webs whatsoever.
Quick! Someone draw a line in the sand stat.
and yet when they were hacked the first time, they probably did nothing about it.
Scream it loud and they will still ignore those of us who think like you do.
Exactly as is some reasonable isolation in The Grid itself. The idea of having a connected national grid is asking for trouble. Should we have the capability that if a disaster hit one region we could then at that point transfer power? Sure. But selling power from say Duke to California is insane.
gions like Cali need to kick their own state lawmakers in the butt as well as the EPA and upgrade their plants and transmission lines to handle 150% above peak demand. All power generating companies should set that goal.
The best prevention for major regional blackouts is to make the most areas possible the least dependent upon outside companies. An agency like TVA should have about six regional grids separate from each other but if needed able to draw from one another in the event plants go down etc. The communications under such a policy could easily return to Point To Point communication as it was not so long ago. Point to Point is not a step backwards nor decreased technology. It's using good common sense.
It is a national security issue and the Point to Point communication systems would still be efficient. The smaller the grid the less can fail the sooner it can be brought back into operation even with outside help that would not also be dealing with say a entire northeast blackout.
Wanna bet it was many more than that and that several did get through?
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