Homeland Security tries to shore up nation’s cyber defenses: Washington Post

On October 1st, 2011, the Washington Post reported on how the Department of Homeland Security is training corporations on how to respond to cyberattacks.  Centered at the Idaho National Laboratory, the DHS tests the ability of companies to control systems for vulnerabilities, trains personnel to combat cyber threats and, if requested, dispatches “flyaway” teams to respond to cyberattacks.  The article detailed one simulation where hackers from BAD Company attempted to break into a chemical company's computer servers; the trainees noticed the attack, but were unable to stop BAD Company from causing a simulated, hazardous chemical spill.

The article noted that "this simulated attack demonstrated what U.S. officials and industry experts say is a little-understood national and economic security threat: the ability of malicious computer code to cripple critical systems that millions of people rely on for food, fuel, safe water and more." Machines running the nation’s plants and other crucial systems are increasingly interconnected; some officials fear this interconnectedness could lead to a digital attack that causes death and destroys critical machines. 

Meanwhile, the skills of nations and hackers are growing.  Stuxnet, a sophisticated computer virus that in 2009 had infected controllers in a uranium enrichment plant in Iran, marked the first targeted attack against an industrial control system. It was also the first documented use of a military-grade weapon built entirely from code.  Stuxnet has been described as both a "game-changer" and "a digital warhead."

The source article can be found here.

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