Internet-based attacks have risen on critical systems such as gas, power and water, all vital for us today. Security firm McAfee surveyed 200 IT executives working for utility companies in 14 countries and 8 out of 10 said their networks had been targeted by hackers during the past year.
While such incidents can impact websites and corporate networks, researchers said it was unlikely they were intended to cut off energy supplies.
One of such examples is a threat disrupting an industrial system is the Stuxnet worm, which was discovered in 2010. It was suggested that the malicious computer code was specifically designed to take control of machinery in either Iran’s Bushehr or Natanz nuclear facilities. China, Russia, US, Japan, AUE have reported increase in such attcks.
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