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“Over a period of two to three months, minor glitches had been observed in remote access to the water district's SCADA system,” Weiss said during an interview, in which he read a verbatim portion of the document to The Register. He said that the attackers were able to burn out one of the utility's pumps by causing either the pump or the SCADA system that controlled it to turn on and off “repeatedly."

Weiss said he obtained the report on the condition that the water utility and the state where it's located aren't disclosed. A statement issued by the US Department of Homeland Security indicated the utility was located in Springfield, Illinois. Weiss published bare-bones details of the hack on Thursday because he wanted to bring attention to an incident he said raised serious concerns about the ability of the US government to secure critical infrastructure."

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Anyone else think this is eerily familiar to the Iran Nuclear site hack?

It would seem the US is now being targeted.

EDIT: This was proven to be a false alarm!

Thanks GingerJohn! thumb.gif

BBC News Source

As some others have already mentioned, although this has been proven to be a false alarm, it CAN be done.
Edited by Bo_Punk_2.0 - 12/7/11 at 6:18am
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Welcome to the mobile remote computer age, where a smartphone can be used to take over the world.
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Welcome to the mobile remote computer age, where a smartphone can be used to take over the world.

Live Free or Die Hard anyone? rofl
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this reminds me of the stuxnet incidident, but that was supposedly to prevent a terrorist threat where as this is a waterpump. Stuxnet has been published so maybe someone modified it for this. It looks for serial numbers of particular machines to attack.
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Welcome to the mobile remote computer age, where a smartphone can be used to take over the world.

QFT. It is really amazing that the newest smartphones Q1 2012, are Quad core beasts with network... makes it soo much easier to hack into things a.l.a. incognito.
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Sounds to me like that water plant was careless. My SCADA system has to meet rigorous network security standards before going live. Its on a standalone network with vpn access only to 1 mac address + encrypted gps location.
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this is but the first salvo to disrupt the pump-windmill alliance!! charge!!
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this is but the first salvo to disrupt the pump-windmill alliance!! charge!!

Quixote reference duly noted!

That would make a great virus name! biggrin.gif
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500

Step 1 complete... Next to go after the power grid of springfield.......
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post #10 of 31
wow, i work with alot of high power water systems, n it takes alot of effort to burn a pump out just by flipping the power on and off :-/
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