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Brute-force attack compromises weak password system at public utility

An unnamed public utility in the US was compromised in a brute-force attack against the simple password system used for security

By Shane McGlaun on May 21, 2014 08:06 am CDT - 0 mins, 36 secs reading time

The Department of Homeland Security has announced that a public utility company in the US has been compromised. It's unclear which utility company was hacked at this time. Homeland Security says that the utility's control system was accessible via internet-facing hosts and used a simple password system.


The system was compromised using a brute-force attack with the hackers trying different passwords until a correct one was found. Investigators say that the systems at the utility company were exposed to numerous security threats and previous intrusion activity was noted.

The Department of Homeland Security continues to warn that utilities in the US are vulnerable. Many major utilities like electric and water plants haven't been audited for security and remain unsecured against intrusion.

Shane McGlaun


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