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Malicious virus shuttered power plant: DHS

Yahoo / Reuters -- A computer virus attacked a turbine control system at a U.S. power company last fall when a technician unknowingly inserted an infected USB computer drive into the network, keeping a plant off line for three weeks, according to a report posted on a U.S. government website.

The DHS report did not identify the plant but said criminal software, which is used to conduct financial crimes such as identity theft, was behind the incident.

It was introduced by an employee of a 3rd-party contractor that does business with the utility, according to the agency.

Many critical infrastructure control systems run on Windows XP and Windows 2000..They have "auto run" features enabled by default, which makes them an easy target for infection because malicious software loads as soon as a USB is plugged int


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 6:01:25 AM

now that we know, how about going about fixing the vulnerabilities?
honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:47:28 PM

shows how truly vulnerable the grid really is.
Rhino8of8
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 6:47:17 AM

So, did they disable the auto-run?
SkooterG
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 2:04:25 AM

What the heck? Don't power plants have some kind of cyber security or protocol? How the heck was a third party contractor allowed to plug a personal drive into the main system? Just plain ol DUMB!
tomok
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 1:09:30 AM

Malicious virus shuttered power plant? Do Not use outside computer programs or devices on the power plant computer system! If all else fails, install one of those free antivirus software programs that can control items like that. Where was the computer department or the internet technicians when this happened, out to lunch?
The US and Israel did the same thing to Iran nuclear processing equipment, over sped the centrifuge and destroyed the equipment via the internet.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:23:08 PM

Bugs are bad.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:22:15 PM

Can you say oops?!
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:21:16 PM

Windoz strikes again!
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:21:09 PM

They need better control and smarter people.
crreed1
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:19:09 PM

fix it
jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:18:19 PM


“Needs McAfee Security Center.”

That won’t do it if you have auto-run enabled and then plug in a infected drive.
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:17:58 PM

Bad security.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:17:46 PM

Good idea jrsva
jrsva
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:15:57 PM

So disable the auto-run feature. It has been done on all computers under my control. The problem is that it requires editing the registry and most folks do not know how to do that. Also, most folks will not know how to get their software to start without auto-run. It is easy but most folks are clueless and, therefore, subject to virus invasions.
Quick68
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:13:40 PM

Sounds like they put in a very cheap computer system.
HEBster
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:13:25 PM

Pretty scarey...
southtown43701
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:11:37 PM

all they have to do is drop a drive in the parking lot. Some idiot will plug it in.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:10:31 PM

That's a bummer.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:10:29 PM

Surprised it took this long...
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:10:06 PM

Old news.
boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:09:37 PM

Needs McAfee Security Center.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:09:32 PM

old
ManOfLeisureII
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:09:13 PM

Not much you can do about it
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:08:35 PM

There needs to be greater urgency to protect power plants. If the eco terrorist president would spend more time on that than throwing away $Billions on his eco terrorist agenda the US would be a better place.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:08:27 PM

The COO and/or VP of IT and all IT staff connect with that system should be fired. There's NO excuse for that type of sloppy security procedures.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:08:23 PM

this is not good
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:08:10 PM

don't use usb
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:08:04 PM

Always award services and contracts to the lowest bid. Don't worry, what's the worst that can happen? Three weeks is not such a bad downtime at $1 mil every 30 seconds, is it?
SavALot
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:07:26 PM

So easy for these to be spread by people not paying attention
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:05:19 PM

Just shows how easily that entire operations and corporations can be subjected to major issues accidentally or purposely.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:04:57 PM

Leave your USB drives at home!
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:04:20 PM

More socialist bullshit!
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 10:04:18 PM

WoW!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:59:14 PM

bonzoo... go file for the job, lol!

What a buffoon! Aren't the protocols to prevent something like this...
bonzoonfmb
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:56:06 PM

Poor IT management.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:54:34 PM

It's hard to believe what can happen
jackster111
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:53:11 PM

oh dear
mcmonsta
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:52:21 PM

don't more business realize whats possible nowadays or are they jut to keep head stuck in a hole
Aviator_Rob
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:51:50 PM

This is what happens when people search for porn on the Internet from work.
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:49:39 PM

Oh no
sent4456
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:49:09 PM

Old news.
southrob
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:48:39 PM

dhan to help economy
Jmac2008
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:46:14 PM

and why did he have access to the computer
mstearno
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:45:15 PM

this is scary
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:44:12 PM

Yipes!
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:42:58 PM

WOW!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:42:20 PM

scary
DustyHorse
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:39:12 PM

Wow that is scary. They need to improve security at power plants.
boatmen
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:37:54 PM

going to happen more and more as we become reliant on machines and do away with humans
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:33:43 PM

ok
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2013 9:32:57 PM

no flash drives allowed
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