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Re: Another Microsoft "success story"

  • Subject: Re: Another Microsoft "success story"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 03 Oct 2006 02:22:05 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / ISBE, Manchester University / ITS / Netscape / MCC
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__/ [ Ramon F Herrera ] on Monday 02 October 2006 22:48 \__

> In January 2003, the power industry got a wake-up call.
> An event in Ohio "illustrated how accessible and vulnerable SCADA
> systems are at nuclear power plants," the SANS Institute's Paller told
> a House subcommittee last fall.
> He testified that a computer worm circulating on the Internet had
> infected Microsoft database software used by a contractor at the
> Davis-Besse nuclear plant near Toledo, Ohio.
> Bypassed firewall
> Even though the plant's operator, FirstEnergy Corp., had protected the
> plant with a software firewall, the worm used the contractor's network
> to bypass it.
> "Because of Davis-Besse's widespread use of vulnerable Microsoft
> software, the worm jumped to the plant network and crashed the Safety
> Parameter Display System, keeping it offline for eight hours," Paller
> testified.
> -RFH

Good find/ I was going to find some proof myself, but you beat me to it. What
sort of GNU/Linux system would actually crash and leave the data corrupted
or inaccessible? Only a hard-drive failure might cause this, but it's not a
"system crash" per se. Besides, one can always salvage some data using a
Live CD.

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