Saturday, November 19, 2011

It could never happen here

It has happened. After years of warnings that the capabilities existed and that it was only a matter of time, America has now been cyber attacked at the infrastructure level. Look for more of these attacks in the coming weeks and months.

These are probing attacks to verify access and capability and if our leaders don't close the doors on these intrusions and quickly, we will all wake up one morning (soon) to learn of the thousands dead or dying as a result of a collapse of infrastructure and poisoning of our system.

Foreign cyber attack hits US infrastructure

A cyber strike launched from outside the United States hit a public water system in the Midwestern state of Illinois, an infrastructure control systems expert said on Friday. "This is arguably the first case where we have had a hack of critical infrastructure from outside the United States that caused damage," Applied Control Solutions managing partner Joseph Weiss told AFP.

"That is what is so big about this," he continued. "They could have done anything because they had access to the master station." The Illinois Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center disclosed the cyber assault on a public water facility outside the city of Springfield last week but attackers gained access to the system months earlier, Weiss said.

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