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[News] Insecurity by Obscurity and Migrations to GNU/Linux in American Energy Firms

  • Subject: [News] Insecurity by Obscurity and Migrations to GNU/Linux in American Energy Firms
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 24 May 2008 03:52:44 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Cyber attacks on American energy firms possible

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| According to a report by a Federal supervisory authority, the Tennessee 
| Valley Authority (TVA), the largest state-owned energy firm in the USA, is 
| vulnerable to electronic attack. The Washington Post today reported that the 
| Government Accountability Office (GAO) considers it possible for crackers to 
| sabotage important systems that are responsible for supplying power to 
| approximately 8.7 million Americans.     
| [...]
| The Washington Post also quotes arguments of other security experts who don't 
| paint such a black picture. According to them, it isn't easy for crackers to 
| find their way around control systems that are written using custom protocols 
| tailored to individual clients and are embedded in systems they have never 
| previously seen. They claim this is an example of "security by obscurity". 
| Any protection this gives is however, likely to be gradually undermined 
| because the operators of many such facilities are migrating from tailor-made 
| legacy systems to commonly used and well known operating systems such as 
| Microsoft Windows or Linux.        


Not just Linux, which "well known" according to this article.

Is Open Source software safe and secure?

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| It’s a big question: how trustworthy is the software I use on my computer? 
| When it comes to open source, can you trust the quality of programmers who 
| work for free?  You can, according to a new report out this week – which also 
| proves major open source offerings to be especially well written. It equally 
| shows up the projects which are slow to respond to vulnerabilities.    


Days ago:

DHS report: Open-source code "quality" is up

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| A U.S. Department of Homeland Security-sponsored project has not only
| discovered that the quality of open source software code has improved
| significantly over the past two years, it has debunked a widely held
| assumption that longer function strings within source code are associated
| with an increased number of code defects.


Open source security improving rapidly

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| The quality and security of open source software is improving rapidly,
| according to an in-depth analysis of over 250 popular applications including
| Linux and Apache.



Study Says Linux More Secure

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| More than 70 percent people surveyed said they found Red Hat Linux less
| vulnerable to security issues than Microsoft's operating system.


Study: 70 percent say Red Hat more secure than Windows

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