Control System Vulnerable to Cyber AttacksAdded: Thursday, February 21st, 2013
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Honeywell’s Niagara control system, whose task is to control the buildings’ electricity, heating and other systems, appeared a cyber-terror disaster in waiting. Despite warnings from the United States’ officials, one can close down buildings completely through a cyber attack.
The Niagara control system from Honeywell International's Tridium division is designed to connect to the Internet by default – though it doesn’t need to do so, it does it anyway. According to insecurity experts from CyLance, Billy Rios and Terry McCorkle, they found the flaws in 2012, which prompted the Department of Homeland Security to warn people to change their settings. As a result, Honeywell has released a software update which the two researchers previously said had successfully addressed the problem.
But it seems that there are more bugs in Tridium’s technology which still make customers vulnerable to Internet attack. Insecurity experts demonstrated how they could take control of a Niagara system through a new piece of software they had developed by themselves.
Despite the fact that they refused to say how they did so, the experts said that the hackers could do the same by taking advantage of weak encryption and passwords stored internally on the company’s control devices.
Sometimes, after the attackers had wrecked Tridium’s physical environment, they could use the intrusion as a gateway to getting into the building’s main office PCs. In response, a Honeywell representative claimed that the company is currently working to address the problems as quickly as possible. They promised to alert the users of the risks.
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Thursday, February 21st, 2013
|im not surprised their boilers a sh1t as well|
|Business management and control systems are only as good as those that use them and there lies the rub weak encryption and passwords,good thing it wasn`t the water pumps controls in a nuclear reactor or |Kaboom time.|
|posted by (2013-02-22 17:29:47)|
|songs like Iran country when intruders tried do same what 60mm said.|
|posted by (2013-02-22 19:00:44)|
|Thank you SaM for all that you have done and all that you continue to do!|
US and China accuse each other of cyber warfare. [There is little reason to doubt that both accusations are correct. However, US politicians are using this issue to justify vast new controls over the use of the Internet by Americans that will have no significant effect on Chinese cyberwarfare. The control mongers in Washington are happy about Chinese hackers and actually would welcome a cyber disaster, because that would provide an excuse for total political control over the Internet.]
|after spending trillions of dollars on real theatres of war in a futile quest to control the Arab states the long contrived plan of global control of the virtual world is slowly coming to some small success or at least we are led to believe in regard to one of 1000`s of botnets this week,since billions have been spent on CYBER and Fusion Microsoft centres etc one would hope to see much more and there is the rub since invasion of privacy and hacking without due process seems to be the case who are they trying to impress with this one winning scenario.Corporate America and the CIA and FBI have pushed for and gotten control over most of the USA and it`s allies using homeland security as its impetus but it is because of the perpetuated scaremongering of the US government that they have gotten away with as much as they have to date.When will the people wake up and see that the only real threat comes from the very government that they listened to when they said WMD`s were in Iraq and we will win the war on Terrorism,the might of th Russian army could not wipe out the Taliban in 10 years what hopes do anyone else have short of country wide genocide,fatuous statements by egotistical megalomaniacs ,where will it all end.||
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