PSN is Nothing; Siemens PLCs Have a Security Flaw. i.e. World=BOOM!

hack boom"We will demonstrate how motivated attackers could penetrate even the most heavily fortified facilities in the world, without the backing of a nation state."

Thus read the description of a recently canceled security hacking presentation regarding the creation of industrial grade malware targeting a known security flaw in the Siemens PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) systems. These little widgets you’ve probably never heard of before are the systems that control valves in factories, power plants, and warships. The presentation was originally scheduled to take place after Siemens had fixed the problem with the system, however the presentation was canceled after Siemens’ latest update did not plug the hole.

PLCs have been a great security concern since the discovery of the Stuxnet worm, the nigh unstoppable virus believed to have stalled the Iranian nuclear program. A decrypted form of Stuxnet is in the hands of hacktivist group Anonymous who released to code online to everyone earlier this year.

Sleep tight!

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