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Important SCADA systems secured using weak logins, researchers find
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:22:47 -0600 (CST)


By John E Dunn
14 January 2013

Thousands of critical SCADA systems reachable from the Internet are secured by dangerously weak default passwords, a survey carried out with the help of the US Department of Homeland Security has found.

According to a third-party report, Bob Radvanovsky and Jacob Brodsky of consultancy InfraCritical used scripts run through the Shodan search engine – ‘Google for hackers’ - to identify 7,200 vulnerable logins.

After initially searching 500,000 systems, the pair whittled that list in order to put a number to the problem of vulnerable SCADA interfaces before reporting their findings to the DHS.

“The biggest thing is we are trying to assign a number - a rough magnitude -to a problem plaguing the industry for some time now,” Radvanovsky was quoted as saying.

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