Shifting cyber threats menace factory floors

Friday, 8 October 2004, 10:45 AM EST

The factory floor of a modern paper manufacturing plant is a ballet of heavy machinery and razor-sharp blades, pressing, dying, rolling, unrolling and cutting dead tree pulp by the ton. To James Cupps, it's something else, too: a target rich environment for cyber attacks.

Cupps came to this perspective about three years ago, when, as newly-appointed information security officer for a large U.S. paper manufacturer, he got a phone call from an engineer posing a theoretical, but troubling, question. "He was worried about whether somebody from another site could control his equipment remotely," says Cupps. "And I looked into it, and, sure enough, they could."

By Kevin Poulsen at SecurityFocus.

[ Read more ]




Spotlight

USBdriveby: Compromising computers with a $20 microcontroller

Posted on 19 December 2014.  |  Security researcher Samy Kamkar has devised a fast and easy way to compromise an unlocked computer and open a backdoor on it: a simple and cheap ($20) pre-programmed Teensy microcontroller.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Fri, Dec 19th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //