October 2015, Vol. 242, No. 10

Features

Control System Security Meets Modern Threats

In December 2014, the industrial control system (ICS) security community learned of the latest serious attack against a control system. The attack targeted a German steel mill, which reported massive damage to a blast furnace as a result. The attack was a classic persistent targeted attack (PTA): a spear-phishing attack gained a foothold on the corporate network, which enabled the attackers to work their way into the control system network by remote control. According to Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security, the attackers had a strong knowledge of both corporate information technology (IT) security technologies and of the steel mill’s industrial control system tech

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