Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Just when you thought it was safe to drink the water

A CNN.com report discusses security lapses.

"Water utilities have installed computer-based remote controls 'with little attention paid to security,' leaving valves, pumps and chemical mixers for water supplies vulnerable to cyber-attack, according to an Environmental Protection Agency report."

"In a report Monday, the EPA's inspector general cited costs, lack of ability to check employees' backgrounds and poor communication between technical engineers and management for the shortcomings."

The 57-page report is available online: EPA Needs to Determine What Barriers Prevent Water Systems from Securing Known Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Vulnerabilities.



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