Internet-based attacks on critical systems rise

Internet-based attacks on critical systems such as gas, power and water have increased around the world, a report suggests.Security firm McAfee surveyed 200 IT executives working for utility companies in 14 countries.Eight out of 10 said their networks had been targeted by hackers during the past year.China was seen as the most likely source of attacks, followed by Russia and the United States.The number of reported incidents was higher than in 2009 when just over half of those asked said they had fallen victim.To read this BBC News report in full, see: see:Cyber attacks rise at critical infrastructure firms
Cyber attacks on critical infrastructure companies are on the rise, with a jump in extortion attempts and malware designed to sabotage systems, like Stuxnet, according to a new report.While attacks are increasing, many companies aren’t doing enough to protect their systems and are instead rushing to adopt new technologies–such as Smart Grid–without ensuring they adequately secure against cyber attacks, concludes “In the Dark: Crucial Industries Confront Cyberattacks.”

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