Thursday, May 23, 2013

'Irrational' hackers are growing U.S. security fear

Cybersecurity researcher HD Moore discovered he could use the Internet to access the controls of some 30 pipeline sensors around the country that were not password protected.

A hacking expert who helps companies uncover network vulnerabilities, Moore said he found the sensors last month while analyzing information in huge, publicly available databases of Internet-connected devices.

"We know that systems are exposed and vulnerable. We don't know what the impact would be if somebody actually tried to exploit them," said Moore, chief research officer at the security firm Rapid7.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/22/us-cybersecurity-usa-infrastructure-idUSBRE94L13R20130522