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Abysmal technological ignorance marches on

November 4, 2011

Abysmal technological ignorance marches on. ““You could open every cell door, and the system would be telling the control room they are all closed,” said John J. Strauchs, a former CIA operations officer who helped develop a cyber-attack on a simulated prison computer system and described it at a hackers’ convention in Miami last week. […]Mr. Strauchs, 67, and his daughter — attorney, professor and computer security researcher Tiffany Strauchs Rad , 37 — told an audience at the Hacker Halted conference about the attack they developed in the basement of a Washington area home for less than $2,500.” http://bit.ly/tvYhcF
Impending doom marches on. “The security systems in most American prisons are run by special computer equipment called industrial control systems, or ICS. They are also used to control power plants, water treatment facilities and other critical national infrastructure. ICS has increasingly been targeted by hackers because an attack on one such system successfully sabotaged Iran’s nuclear program in 2009. [/] A malicious cyber-intruder could “destroy the doors,” by overloading the electrical system that controls them, locking them permanently open, said Mr. Strauchs, now a consultant who has designed security systems for dozens of state and federal prisons.. [/] Hackers could “shut down secure communications” through the prison intercom system and crash the facility’s closed-circuit television system, blanking out all the monitors, he added” – ibid.

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