Category AUTOMATION

U.S. probes cyber attack on water system

By Jim Finkle Sat Nov 19, 2011 2:05am EST (Reuters) – Federal investigators are looking into a report that hackers managed to remotely shut down a utility’s water pump in central Illinois last week, in what could be the first known foreign cyber attack on a U.S. industrial system. The November 8 incident was described in […]

Foxconn To Replace Human Workers With One Million Robots

POSTED BY: EVAN ACKERMAN   Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer from Taiwan with huge factories in China, generates about 40 percent of the global consumer electronics revenue by creating things like iPhones and computer components on giant assembly lines staffed by humans. Until recently, you’d probably never heard of Foxconn, but a series of worker suicides made […]

SCADA hack talk canceled after U.S., Siemens request

by Elinor Mills The researchers were scheduled to give their talk at the TakeDown Conference in Dallas today. Two researchers say they canceled a talk at a security conference today on how to attack critical infrastructure systems, after U.S. cybersecurity and Siemens representatives asked them not to discuss their work publicly. “We were asked very […]

Siemens, McAfee team up to defend against critical infrastructure attacks Published 18 April 2011

McAfee and Siemens will work together to help secure critical infrastructure against cyber attacks that target industrial control processes like the Stuxnet worm which destroyed nuclear centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility; the two companies are targeting Advanced Persistent Threats aimed at the manufacturing and process industry; this new security product could help ease […]

An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens

(Reuters) – An Iranian military commander has accused German engineering company Siemens of helping the United States and Israel launch a cyber attack on its nuclear facilities, Kayhan daily reported on Sunday. Gholamreza Jalali, head of Iran’s civilian defense, said the Stuxnet virus aimed at Iran’s atomic program was the work of its two biggest […]

Securing critical infrastructure no short term fix

Federal officials have long sought to secure critical infrastructure from potential attack, and recent events like the 2003 blackouts and the Stuxnet virus have added increasing urgency to government and private sector efforts; speaking on a panel at the Government Security conference and expo in Washington, D.C., security experts that specialize in critical infrastructure discussed […]

U.S. industrial processes vulnerable to Stuxnet-like attack

  Cyber security experts recently warned that U.S. manufacturing plants and critical infrastructure were vulnerable to a Stuxnet-like attack; industrial plants, transportation systems, electrical grids, and even nuclear plants could be crippled by new cyber weapons that target specialized control core processes; concern has spread after the Stuxnet virus targeted these systems and created physical […]