Friday, April 11, 2008

More comforting news from the cyber-front: Experts hack power grid in less than a day

From Network World:

Ira Winkler, a penetration-testing consultant, says he and a team of other experts took a day to set up attack tools they needed then launched their attack, which paired social engineering with corrupting browsers on a power company's desktops. By the end of a full day of the attack, they had taken over several machines, giving the team the ability to hack into the control network overseeing power production and distribution.

Great. Not only did they pull it off, but they publicized it. I'm not sure which is more disturbing.

I suspect that all the malware and shenanigans out there might be what ultimately shuts down the wild-west days of the internet. All it will take is a digital 9-11-type event for the draconian shrieking, legislating and locking down to commence. We may, one day, look upon the last 20 years or so as a truly anomalous period. Bring on the Black ICE!

via Slashdot

On a related note, is your computer a zombie?

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