Sunday, November 6, 2011

Feds Concerned about Prisons Being Hacked

After researching the possibility, federal authorities discover that the computer systems in US prisons are vulnerable to computer hackers. The hackers could remotely access systems that would open cell doors and release prisoners.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is taking this research very seriously according Chris Burke, a spokesperson for the bureau.

Prisons as well as most industrial buildings use systems called "Industrial Control Systems" or ICS for short. These systems are used to control most functions inside of a plant or building. Hackers are increasingly targeting these types of systems. In most cases, these systems have very little protection from hackers and can cause major problems.

In 2009, an Iranian nuclear facility was successfully sabotaged by hackers accessing its ICS.

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