The world of IT comes to us, part 1
IT cyber security experts look at industrial systems with dismay. Here’s why.
A recent article in InformationWeek opens with the following statement: “Thousands of Internet-connected industrial control systems aren't being properly protected by firewalls or strong authentication, which leaves them at risk of being exploited by attackers.”
It cites a warning released by ICS-CERT on December 9 which warns industrial users that hackers are using SHODAN to find industrial networks that are connected to the Internet but not adequately protected. Evidently, there are lots of them. Moreover, some of the industrial equipment has even more vulnerabilities than users realized. SHODAN says it can locate any device, “From Web servers to industrial control systems to refrigerators and anything else connected to the Internet. Find devices based on city, country, latitude/longitude, hostname, operating system and IP.”
If you thought nobody could find you, think again. Scary? You bet.
More to come.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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