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Started by Recusant, December 13, 2019, 08:54:14 PM
QuoteIn mid-October, a cybersecurity researcher in the Netherlands demonstrated, online, as a warning,* the easy availability of the Internet protocol address and open, unsecured access points of the industrial control system—the ICS—of a wastewater treatment plant not far from my home in Vermont. Industrial control systems may sound inconsequential, but as the investigative journalist Andy Greenberg illustrates persuasively in Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin's Most Dangerous Hackers, they have become the preferred target of malicious actors aiming to undermine civil society. A wastewater plant, for example, removes contaminants from the water supply; if its controls were to be compromised, public health would be, too.That Vermont water treatment plant's industrial control system is just one of 26,000 ICS's across the United States, identified and mapped by the Dutch researcher, whose Internet configurations leave them susceptible to hacking. Health care, transportation, agriculture, defense—no system is exempt. Indeed, all the critical infrastructure that undergirds much of our lives, from the water we drink to the electricity that keeps the lights on, is at risk of being held hostage or decimated by hackers working on their own or at the behest of an adversarial nation. According to a study of the United States by the insurance company Lloyd's of London and the University of Cambridge's Centre for Risk Studies, if hackers were to take down the electric grid in just fifteen states and Washington, D.C., 93 million people would be without power, quickly leading to a "rise in mortality rates as health and safety systems fail; a decline in trade as ports shut down; disruption to water supplies as electric pumps fail and chaos to transport networks as infrastructure collapses." The cost to the economy, the study reported, would be astronomical: anywhere from $243 billion to $1 trillion. Sabotaging critical infrastructure may not be as great an existential threat as climate change or nuclear war, but it has imperiled entire populations already and remains a persistent probability.[Continues . . .]
Quote from: Ecurb Noselrub on December 22, 2019, 03:52:40 PMSo have a small house in the country with lots of food and water stocked, a well, an outhouse, and some solar panels. When the grid goes down, drive there with gasoline you have stored and survive until it's all over.
Quote from: billy rubin on December 22, 2019, 05:32:37 PMQuote from: Ecurb Noselrub on December 22, 2019, 03:52:40 PMSo have a small house in the country with lots of food and water stocked, a well, an outhouse, and some solar panels. When the grid goes down, drive there with gasoline you have stored and survive until it's all over.i have all of that except solar.well, the chickenhouse has sloar. but not the house.
Quote from: billy rubin on December 23, 2019, 02:36:42 PMwhy is that, silver?last night i listenened to tbe coyotes sing by the lightof the waning moon. sounds fanciful, but its my real life.of course, chicken and goat shit iz part of my life too.