Middle Eastern hackers have been attacking U.S. utility companies and trying to gain control of their computer systems, the Washington Post and the New York Times reported recently.
Customers haven't seen any effects from the attacks, but the U.S. government has certainly noticed. The Department of Homeland Security sent out an alert to companies last week, the Washington Post found.
U.S. officials aren't sure if the hackers are state-sponsored, or if they're unauthorized criminals, the New York Times reported. Officials also wouldn't tell the Times exactly which country the hackers came from or which companies were under attack. Whoever they are, the hackers appear to want to learn how to take control of utilities such as power plants.
Sound familiar? Stuxnet, a computer worm security companies first discovered in 2010, worked similarly. It spied on power facilities in Iran, including a uranium enrichment facility, and reportedly destroyed Iranian centrifuges. The New York Times and other outlets reported the governments of the U.S. and Israel were behind the worm.
More recently, a virus damaged tens of thousands of computers at Saudi Aramco, an oil company, and Ras Gas, an energy company in Qatar. U.S. and Israeli officials say that virus came from hackers—Israeli analysts say state-sponsored ones—in Iran.
Wouldn't it make sense to have anything that is essential to be off the internet? Just saying, it's the dumbest design flaw that exists. No connection, no risk. Still good work on student US hackers, Iran needs to topple fast.
Oh Yeah! and the Communist are behind the push for gender equality. Every time some numb nuts screws up or something goes wrong and nobody wants to take the blame, its a terrorist attack! If you tell a man you're going to kick his ass you can be charged with making a terrorist threat! Americans have gone berserk because we can't bully the world anymore. We should have learned from the "Weapons os mass destruction " fiasco. People lie to you to get what they want. In the end you wind up paying forit and they get richer!
While we tell our children that bullying is bad and its never right to hit people, it's our national policy! We need to stop whining and fear mongering and just take care of our own business.
dkella, there are a lot of good reasons to have a power plant connected. A connected plant can be have multiple layers of oversight providing additional safety. Connection also allows for turbines to be spun up with increasing demand with greater efficiency through automation. These two examples are in generation alone; in the distribution of electricity, power can be diverted from areas with a surplus and distributed to places needing more (which back to the generation side allows for inconsistent generation such as the various "green" methods), making a more robust and reliable grid.
Why are these facilities networked...?
Middle Eastern Hackers. Yeah, right. Get the supposedly secure infrastructure off the fuckin web, dumbasses. Get the supposedly dedicated government employees off of their porn and social sites and fire them. These morons know not to take a used nuclear fuel rod out of their workplace, but don't know not to bring scumbags in via the computer?
End the blanket of protection for government employees that makes most of this bs malfeasance possible. Make these companies PAY for these breaches that they allow into the system via their employees. PROSECUTE THE CRIMINALS WHO MISUSE OUR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT.
But that's prosecuting 'white collar' criminals. Can't have that. We don't have enough country club tennis resorts for them all; and we sure can't treat criminals like criminals. That would be too much like even-handed justice. If it involves a computer, they ain't really a criminal, no matter how much death and destruction they are willing to cause. Like a stock broker. Attacking businesses is legal, and a trade.