Why bother cracking PCs? Spot o’ malware on PLCs… Done. Industrial control network pwned

Security researchers have demonstrated a new technique for hacking air-gapped industrial control system networks, and hope their work will encourage the development of more robust defences for SCADA-based systems.

Air-gapped industrial networks are thought to be difficult if not impossible to hack partly because they are isolated from the internet and corporate IT networks. However, in practice there are multiple ways that attackers can deploy malware on such a network, including compromising vendor update mechanisms or infecting USB drives or laptops of third-party contractors who connect directly to the network for maintenance purposes.

Read more…
Source: The Register