Dec. 21, 2015
Iranian Hackers Infiltrated New York Dam in 2013 – Danny Yadron (Wall Street Journal)
Iranian hackers infiltrated the control system of a small dam less than 20 miles from New York City two years ago, sparking concerns that reached to the White House.
In an age of digital state-on-state conflict, America’s power grid, factories, pipelines, bridges and dams – all prime targets for digital armies – are sitting largely unprotected on the Internet.
A hacker could theoretically control the flow in pipelines, the movements of drawbridges and water releases from dams.
At a hacker conference last year, Cesar Cerrudo, an Argentine researcher and chief technology officer at IOActive Labs, wowed the audience when he showed how he could manipulate traffic lights in major U.S. cities.
Last winter, the German government reported that hackers broke into the control system at a domestic steel plant and caused “massive” damage to a blast furnace.