Jan 06 2011

The Basics of Stuxnet Worm and How it infects PLCs

Category: MalwareDISC @ 1:01 pm
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Considered to be the most intricately designed piece of malware ever, Stuxnet leverages attack vectors onto industrial control systems, a territory rarely ventured into by traditional malware. Stuxnet targets industries, power plants and other facilities that use automation and control equipment from the leading German industrial vendor, Siemens. The term, critical infrastructure refers to industrial systems that are essential for the functioning and safety of our societies. Considering the profound dependence of critical infrastructure on industrial control and automation equipment, it is essential to reassess the impact this new generation of malware on the stability and security of our society.

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Has Israel Begun A Cyber War On Iran With The Stuxnet ‘Missile’?: An article from: APS Diplomat News Service

The New Face of War: How War Will Be Fought in the 21st Century

Tags: Business, Control system, Critical infrastructure, Industrial control systems, Iran, Malware, Siemens, Symantec

Oct 01 2010

Stuxnet, world’s first “cyber superweapon,” attacks China

Category: CybercrimeDISC @ 2:01 pm
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Stuxnet, the most sophisticated malware ever designed, could make factory boilers explode, destroy gas pipelines, or even cause a nuclear plant to malfunction; experts suspect it was designed by Israeli intelligence programmers to disrupt the operations of Iran’s nuclear facilities — especially that country’s centrifuge farms and the nuclear reactor in Bushehr; it has now infected Chinese industrial control systems as well; one security expert says: “The Stuxnet worm is a wake-up call to governments around the world— It is the first known worm to target industrial control systems”

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Tags: Bushehr, Business, Computer worm, Control system, Iran, Israel, Malware, Nuclear

Aug 30 2010

Cyber attacks against Water, Oil and Gas Systems

Category: CybercrimeDISC @ 9:49 am
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“This summer the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) discovered for the first time targeted computer attacks directed against internal process and control systems to ensure supply of electricity and water. Similar attacks were discovered in Germany and Belarus. EU’s cyber-security unit, ENISA, will in late October or early November carry out the first ever pan-European cyber security exercise.”

Cyber Criminals Attack Critical Water, Oil and Gas Systems

Tags: Belarus, Business, Computer security, Control system, European Union, Germany, National Security Authority, NSM

Aug 05 2010

DHS Quietly Dispatching Teams to Test Power Plant Cybersecurity

Category: cyber securityDISC @ 1:22 pm
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The Department of Homeland Security is quietly creating teams of experts charged with assessing the cyber security needs of power plants in the U.S. The question is why the secrecy? When plants vulnerabilities are known facts in both security and hacker communities, perhaps it is time to pay attention or impossible to ignore anymore even by DHS.

Utility Security: The New Paradigm

By Jaikumar Vijayan
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is quietly creating specialized teams of experts to test industrial control systems at U.S power plants for cybersecurity weaknesses, according to a report published today by the Associate Press.

According to the Associate Press report, DHS has so far created four teams to conduct such assessments, according to Sean McGurk, director of control system security. McGurk told the news service that 10 teams are expected to be in the field next year as the program’s annual budget grows from $10 million to $15 million.

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Tags: Computer security, Control system, Homeland Security Department, power plants, Power station, United States Department of Homeland Security, utilities