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Russian security team to upgrade SCADA exploit tool

Jeremy Kirk, IDG News Service | March 25, 2011
A Russian security company plans to release an upgraded exploit pack for industrial control software that incorporates a raft of new vulnerabilities released by an Italian security researcher.

The high-profile Stuxnet malware has also prompted wider concern, he said. Stuxnet is a worm that was designed to target Siemens' WinCC industrial control software. It was packaged with four zero-day exploits for Microsoft Windows. It is now widely believed that Stuxnet was designed to disrupt Iran's uranium enrichment program.

SCADA software was often not intended to be connected to the Internet, but nonetheless more companies have done that anyway, which poses security risks, Gurkin said. Companies in the SCADA field are also not as open as other software companies about exchanging security tips and knowledge, he said.

A three-month subscription for Agora SCADA+ costs $2,250, which includes updates to the exploit pack and a single license for the Canvas framework. A one-year subscription costs $5,400 and also comes with one Canvas license.

 

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