Hackers tap SCADA vuln search engine

Hackers tap SCADA vuln search engine
Hackers tap SCADA vuln search engine

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By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
The Register
2nd November 2010

A search engine that indexes servers and other internet devices is 
helping hackers to find industrial control systems that are vulnerable 
to tampering, the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team has warned.

The year-old site known as Shodan makes it easy to locate 
internet-facing SCADA, or supervisory control and data acquisition, 
systems used to control equipment at gasoline refineries, power plants 
and other industrial facilities. As white-hat hacker and Errata Security 
CEO Robert Graham explains, the search engine can also be used to 
identify systems with known vulnerabilities.

According to the Industrial Control Systems division of US CERT, that's 
exactly what some people are doing to discover poorly configured SCADA 

=E2=80=9CThe identified systems range from stand-alone workstation applications 
to larger wide area network (WAN) configurations connecting remote 
facilities to central monitoring systems,=E2=80=9D the group wrote in an 
advisory (PDF) published on Thursday. =E2=80=9CThese systems have been found to 
be readily accessible from the internet and with tools, such as Shodan, 
the resources required to identify them has been greatly reduced.=E2=80=9D


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