January 26th, 2012 by rbanks
Thousands of Industrial Systems Unwittingly Hooked Up to Internet
"Computers online tend to get hacked, of course, and you wouldn’t want your local power plant under rogue control. But a graduate student was able to locate and map more than 10,000 industrial control systems that are directly connected to the Internet, as reported by Kim Zetter at Wired’s Threat Level Blog. What’s more, only 17 percent of those devices bothered to ask for authorization to connect, suggesting that network managers simply didn’t realize that their control systems were online. The finding adds a discouraging twist to worries that hackers might take over critical infrastructure."
via Scientific American