The Register posted a cheerful article today, discussing the security of the other Internet of Things, which they have dubbed the Internet of Big Things. Botnets formed out of compromised toasters, refrigerators and webcams is one thing; taking over power stations and industrial equipment is quite another. Citizens of the Ukraine know the dangers all too well, having had their power grid taken offline once in 2015 and again more recently by nefarious means. Take a read through to learn about how vulnerabilities in systems such as the Industrial Control System and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition could be used to cause significant harm, as well as a search engine reassuringly named Shodan.
"The Internet of Big Things exists because it makes perfect sense to have accessibility to equipment from afar. Industrial systems are complex, specialist items and for many such systems it’s common for there to be only a handful of qualified maintenance staff in the country, continent or world."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD Ryzen 5 Processor Family Introduction @ [H]ard|OCP
- Qualcomm doesn't want you to call its Snapdragon processors, er, processors @ The Inquirer
- Updategate: Latest Windows 10 build suggests background downloads are back @ The Inquirer
- Headphone batteries flame out mid-flight, ignite new Li-Ion fears @ The Register
- Microsoft new Surface Book enters mass production @ DigiTimes
- Microsoft's Slack-slapping 'Teams' slips into Office 365 @ The Register
- Corsair Lapdog Game Control Center @ Benchmark Reviews