Cyberattack On Ukrainian Power Grid Looks To Some Like An Apocalyptic First

For years, experts have warned with mounting concern that critical infrastructure virtually anywhere in the world is vulnerable to cyberattack.

Malicious code sent remotely could shut down or otherwise wreak havoc at airports, hospitals, skyscrapers — anywhere that relies on computers to steer traffic, deliver life-saving technology, or carry out any number of vital functions.

Now, cybersecurity specialists say that doomsday scenario has arrived.

  • DD_Austin

    It’ll take a genius to stop them
    perhaps by unplugging the outside internet connection
    which is not necessary,

    95% of these places are government, and “need” the internet so
    our goldbricking “public employees” can surf all day
    and that indeed is the doomsday scenario

    Western Civilization falls due to poor management

    • Exile1981

      Exactly, why would we connect critical infrastructure to the internet?

      • El Martyachi

        Lower costs and automation are two drivers. Internet is the cheapest network for remote monitoring and management of equipment. It’s not changing until insurance companies take network security into account when formulating policy premiums. That’s gonna suck too, but I don’t see any other way of changing this suicidal pattern.

        • Exile1981

          I know a few gas plants that have internet in the control room on one or two computers for sending reports to corporate but the control systems are isolated from the internet (ie not connected and separate computers) and the links to remote wells are all by radio link rather than internet. Though mostly because the radio was cheaper than running hard line for internet.

        • DD_Austin

          Can’t agree, those are two excuses not drivers

          dedicated telephone lines are more reliable and communicating stations (like pumping stations) still have modems that dial up when the internet goes down.

          which it does…

          Scrambled radio is also usable.

          • El Martyachi

            Well… we’ll just have to agree to disagree 😉

  • BobSykes

    This likely payback for cutting off the Crimea’s power supply, now replaced with Russian power.

  • FactsWillOut

    “Let’s connect critical infrastructure to the internet!!!”
    Best. Idea. Ever.

  • David Murrell

    “A Moscow-backed group, Sandworm, is suspected of using it for targeted attacks”.

    And people like Vladimir Putin.

  • Miss Trixie

    OT – Morning Furface. I’d like to ask a favor. Would you be able to provide a link or a brief description of these fascinating graphics at the tops of your posts? I just want to find out what they mean. TY. 🙂

    • Bataviawillem

      The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

      Right click image, dialogue box opens, click search google for this image.