US Secretary of Defense warns that cyberattacks could threaten infrastructure

US Secretary of Defense warns about cyberattacks that could attack America's infrastructure.

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US Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, has earned of cybersecurity on Thursday during a speech that the agency is aware of foreign hackers that have remotely gained access to control systems for vital American infrastructure. Examples of this would be chemical, electricity and water plants.

US Secretary of Defense warns that cyberattacks could threaten infrastructure |

Panetta stated:

We know that foreign cyber actors are probing America's critical infrastructure networks. We know of specific instances where intruders have successfully gained access to these control systems.

Panetta also warned of recent cyberattacks on US financial institutions have been "unprecedented" in both their scale, and speed. If you're a reader of our site, you might remember us reporting in August that the world's largest oil company, Saudi Aramco, were cyber-attacked.

I stated just afterwards with a follow-up post:

I still don't understand why oil and nuclear companies have their workstations Internet-capable. These systems should be the furthest away from any type of Internet connectivity, especially in the case of a "terrorist attack". Simply take down a few electricity, nuclear and other networks and the country would tear itself apart from the inside-out. Scary!

I still to this day don't understand why critical infrastructure is Internet-connected - the governments and companies of the world should know this, it's almost like they're just waiting for an attack on themselves. It would prove perfect for the financial industry if it were to happen, debt would be wiped and the problems would seemingly go away. Just like those missing $2 trillion on 9/11.


Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering and has recently taken a keen interest in artificial intelligence (AI) hardware.

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