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Gas Pipeline Hacks

Gas Pipeline Hacks

Added: Monday, May 14th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
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The US Department of Homeland Security announced that gas pipelines have been targeted by hackers. This raised the fears over the safety of infrastructure.

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The Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) has recently highlighted a series of cyber attacks targeting natural gas pipeline sector corporations. They analyzed the malware related to the hacker attacks and discovered that it has identified the attacks as a part of a single campaign which is believed to be ongoing since last December.

Spear-phishing cyber attacks have targeted employees within companies, but some of the individuals targeted have been “tightly focused” apparently. The hackers conducted their attacks by sending emails which seemed to have been sent from a trusted member of the company they worked for.

ICS-CERT has already issued a warning to highlight the danger represented by cyber attacks on infrastructure. However, the information being made publicly available is very limited. The outfit claims that it’s currently “working aggressively” with targeted companies to fend off threats and to prevent re-infection. Meanwhile, they didn’t provide any source of motive of the intrusions.

Nowadays, cyber attacks on critical infrastructure are a growing concern, especially in the wake of the Stuxnet worm which threatened nuclear power stations in Iran. Indeed, a lot of power companies are actually open to attacks like spear phishing because of having low levels of security infrastructure in place. On the other hand, other corporations in the space have complex security solutions able to resist very determined attackers.

However, some of the industry observers believe that the seriousness in the cases might be overstated, and it isn’t only critical infrastructure on the receiving end of attacks, but attacks like Stuxnet will inevitably cause concern.

Last time in the United Stated, an incident originally labeled “a cyber attack on critical infrastructure from Russia” months later turned out to be an authorized action taken by a person on holiday in the US. Sometimes, correlating incidents taken against important companies, including viruses, spear phishing and hacker attacks, called “sophisticated hacker attacks” may appear a dangerous ploy, because these networks mostly have the same level of incidents and abuse as any other industry.


By:
SaM
May 14th,2012

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Monday, May 14th, 2012



Comments (7) (please add your comment »)

1
posted by (2012-05-14 16:21:31)
snkp2p avatarEven Physical things are being attacked by hacker


Huh... hhehehehe lolz

2
posted by Blocked (2012-05-14 20:09:27)
No avatarsnkp2p I do not think this article is talking about physically doing anything to infastructure, rather they hacked into the companies responsible for the running of the infastructure (possible the owners of the infastructure as well?), they used the age old weakest link in the network, social engineering naive employees... You would think by now it is company protocol to report any un-expected and suspicious postal mail, e-mails or phone calls to someone higher up to verify if it is genuine or not before acting on it...

Anyway back on topic, the fact that hackers can gain access to crucial infastructure such as gas and no doubt water and electricity, pretty scary stuff, what happens if they decide to shut down the power grid in a major city? Chaos, riots, looting and that would be that start of things to expect when people know no one is recording their actions... But what if someone like Russia or China combined this chaos as a spear head to an invasion? Heck what if some anarchist decides to cause a major explosion by shutting off gas venting equipment and safety switches etc?
Governments need to get thier act together and nationalise all critical infastructure, then secure it with no online capability, the only way to get things done to the networks should be through direct access on site which would be under heavy security and would take Sam Fisher to get in or out lol.
Finally when I read this headline I was thinking to myself, someone has cut into a gas pipe and was syphoning gas off to their owns tankers or something dasterdly like that

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posted by ET junkiemen (2012-05-15 03:24:59)
kevibhoy67 avatarYup big corparations have to tightem up the online security..last thing we need is some asswipe or dodgy company hacking our nuclear facilities..yikes

4
posted by ET junkiemen (2012-05-15 03:26:23)
kevibhoy67 avatarDodgy company..i meant country lol

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posted by Trusted UploaderSite FriendET lovermen (2012-05-16 14:34:33)
Zohaib avatari think hackers no has things for hack...Now for time pass they are hacking this things.hahahaha

6
posted by (2012-05-17 18:05:41)
4xpncc avatarThey must be hacking the gas to run their PC's off it, much cheaper than electricity.

LOL!

7
posted by (2012-05-21 19:05:16)
No avatar@4xpncc: gas is way more expensive than electricity. 1 gas powered generator @ $3.000 with 1500 volts can power a computer with a full tank of gas with a 5 gallon tank capacity for about 12hrs. with the cost of gas @ its cheapest atm is about $4.00 per gallon. that's $20 for a full tank. $40 per every 24hrs. that's $1200 per month just to run ONE computer. my electric bill is less than half that with about 6 computers running and all the other electronics and other house hold items that use it. gas= a way to expensive way to power anything @ its current prices. and diesel is double that.

if anything the oil co. hired some folk to do this just to have an excuse to raise prices even farther.



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