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Critical infrastructure: Off the web, out of danger?

Taylor Armerding | March 23, 2017
While most of those systems are not directly connected to the internet, critics say there are still plenty of ways for hostile actors to get control of them.

“Many utilities claim to have key systems blocked from the internet,” Patterson said, “when in actuality, a few internal hops will get you onto the targeted system.”

And Scott said he thinks the greatest risks are not from the hostile nation states like Russia, China or even Iran, but from, “a Hail Mary state like North Korea or an ideological collective like the Cyber Caliphate who uses domestic self radicalized cyber lone wolves and independent mercenaries for hire who possess the technological sophistication to pull something like this off.”

 

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