November 2009 Vol. 236 No. 11

Features

Hacking The Industrial SCADA Network

It was a Trojan program inserted into SCADA system software that caused a massive natural gas explosion along the Trans-Siberian pipeline in 1982. A newspaper reported the resulting fireball yielded “the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space.” Malicious hackers have discovered supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) and distributed control systems (DCS) since reports of successful attacks began to emerge after 2001. A former hacker interviewed by PBS Frontline advised that “Penetrating a SCADA system that is running a Microsoft operating system takes less than two minutes.” DCS, SCADA, programmable logic controller

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