Ageing control systems expose utilities to hack attacks

Scada control systems are used in everything from production lines to…
Claims that hackers attacked two US water companies have focused attention on the computer systems behind the fabric of everyday life.

One attack is alleged to have caused a water pump burnout after hackers repeatedly turned the equipment on and off after gaining access to its control system – although the FBI said it could find no evidence to support the claims.

In another separate attack a hacker who calls himself pr0f claimed to have broken into a control system that kept water supplied to a town in Texas.

The hacker was reluctant to call it a “hack” because he said the system had only been protected by a three-character password which “required almost no skill” to get around.

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