October 31, 2006 (IDG News Service) -- An
infected laptop gave hackers access to computer
systems at a Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, water treatment
plant earlier this month.
The plant's systems were accessed in early October
after an employee's laptop computer was compromised
via the Internet,
Hackers break into water system network
Posted 01 November 2006 - 09:21 AM
Posted 02 November 2006 - 11:05 PM
haha WOW ! haha
Posted 03 November 2006 - 07:10 PM
This is not a joke and should be taken VERY seriously, identity theft was the beginning, but whats the next step. When will it no longer be safe to use computers to do these tasks? More importantly, will the next terrorist attack be done using a plane, car bomb, or will it be the use of a computer. I cannot stress how much governments must begin to take action, if they wait, it may be to late.
Honestly there should be a process that laptops be scanned when they leave, and anything thats on the hard drive when they come back be removed, however having the option of giving exceptions to a folder or two so that things such as word documents can we worked on at home.
I have a bad feeling that this is just be beginning......
Edited by james_8970, 03 November 2006 - 07:11 PM.
Posted 03 November 2006 - 08:56 PM
The engineers that build these things arent stupid, there are almost always many safeguards in place so that even a determined person from the outside should only at worst interupt normal operations for a brief spell.
Governments also do take alot of measures to secure their networks intrusions are rare and important systems control computers are rarely have access to the outshide networks and even those are highly secure government networks, when they say highly talented hacker they mean a very very lucky genius.
The hoover dam is on its last legs as well, and without it theoretically there should be enough power to go round as its standard procedure not to be completely reliant on a natural resource that can run out rapidly, in the hoover damns case i do believe the storage is enough for a year and half of normal running and even with the gates completly open it would take a long time to empty the resevoir, which will need to be started in the next few years anyway because the dam will have to be demolished and they wont legally be able to construct another because it has a enormous environmental impact the hoover dam is very impressive however its almost completely destroyed or on the way to destroying the water and soil ecology for hundred of miles around it. You shouldnt be worried about terrorism you should be worried wear youre going to get your power and food in the coming years when the dam has to be shut down, its not just fatigue to concrete and its foundations and the innards of the dam its the whole environment if the dam keeps on going for another decade or two it will turn that whole area into a barron wasteland.
Edited by warriorscot, 03 November 2006 - 08:57 PM.
Posted 04 November 2006 - 01:45 AM
Now I'm just curious but why was the laptop hooked up to the internet ? The [bleep] should be on a local network not accesiable to anyone else. Not wireless because that can be easily hacked but a wire network. Things like these should be highly supervised and such to prevent anyone from breaking in.
Your right it isn't much of a joking matter but also to, i give some kind of credit for the hacker that figured it out.
It's kind of how you look at the owner of Mc. Donalds. You may not like him or think that he is smart by making non- healthy food but you must give him credit becasue he created a multi - billion dollar industry.
Or lets take teh tabacco company ! Even better ! They came up with something that everyone would get hooked on ! SO people would keep coming back for it and they could make lotts of money ! If you think of it their way it isn't so bad and is just about what every other sucessful buisness man wants !
So as to these hackers. The fact they were able to do this i think is very incredible, and very intersting ... in a way funny because it shows you just about anything (if not everything) can be cracked ...
Posted 04 November 2006 - 06:42 AM
At least thats the way it reads to me.
Posted 04 November 2006 - 12:35 PM
I still stand on the ground as to how the setup should be ... nothing that controls the [bleep] should be near the internet. If somthing is on the internet it should have no connection to the equipment.
Posted 08 November 2006 - 11:48 AM
While it might be possible, it is not probable since most system have operators on duty 24 hours a day. I know because i am one of those night operators on duty.
Yes, in the 4 systems i have worked at, none of the networked system running computers are able to access any internet functions except that within the programs running on the computers. These programs take over the computer and do not use browsers and such for data transfer. yes, you can access the programs remotely, but only if you have the same program on your computer and the access passwords to change the systems. Most city's and county's do not take this stuff lightly.
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