SCADA security just got more serious

SCADA security just got more serious
SCADA security just got more serious

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Control Engineering UK
19 October 2010

There are reports that a new, more powerful, Stuxnet virus could be 
unleashed very soon as code is posted on the internet for anyone to 
copy. Manufacturing, infrastrucure and engineering industries are, 
therefore being urged to take even tighter preventative measures to 
protect themselves and not to delay doing this.

David Robinson, UK and Ireland country manager, Norman Data Defense 
said: =E2=80=98It was just a matter of time before the Stuxnet code was 
published on the web for anyone, with even the most basic knowledge of 
coding, to alter and potentially wreak havoc on the industry. Now is the 
time to review IT security, no matter how small the risk. This is big 

The news has been flooded with the recent security breach of a major 
automation company reportedly caused by the Stuxnet virus being carried 
on a USB memory stick. =E2=80=9CThis new type of virus has a boot file built-in 
and now that the code is in the hands of any malware writer it could 
mutate very quickly,=E2=80=9D said Robinson.

However, it is not just memory sticks that can spread this virus. Anyone 
with a laptop or a device that connects remotely to a wireless network 
inside a company=E2=80=99s firewall, is putting that company at risk. It will 
just be a matter of time before Stuxnet, or its successors, are evolved 
attacking any control systems or any other system that the user connects 
an infected laptop or portable device to.


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