Symantec: Flame Is Capable of Sabotage, Too

Status
Not open for further replies.

gerchokas

Distinguished
Mar 30, 2011
33
0
18,580
0
Not-so-distant future: "..and the Flame Virus ate my homework ms johnson" :)

On a more serious note, I think critical systems like those in dams, nuclear plants or others should never be connected to the internet - private firms may want to lower the costs of mantainance but one cant imagine the Big problem we'd face if something went wrong with one or many of them...
 

burmese_dude

Distinguished
Dec 22, 2011
46
0
18,580
0
Too bad this virus isn't capale Khamenei and Ahmadinejad flame-on gays. The world could be a better place if both were. Might be more tolerating and accepting of others, peaceful.
 

Hax0r778

Distinguished
Feb 6, 2011
2
0
18,510
0
[citation][nom]A Bad Day[/nom]"Many of our utilities have connected their operational management to the Internet to save costs,"Seriously?[/citation]

Yeah, it's the only thing that makes sense. The utilities need a way to communicate between stations which are miles and miles apart. Their options are to dig trenches and lay thousands of miles of copper / fiber between every one or to just connect to the internet at each site and use an encrypted protocol to communicate. This is far cheaper because the cost of laying the fiber is then shared by everyone using the internet.
 

eddieroolz

Distinguished
Moderator
Sep 6, 2008
3,485
0
20,730
0
This is one marvel of computer programming I must say. I just dearly hope that the Anonymous or other malicious groups don't get their hands on it.
 

altriss

Honorable
Jun 19, 2012
13
0
10,560
0
what could happen if Flame ends up in the wrong hands
Without being extremist, I don't think Israel hands are good ones. This state is showing us for years now how extreme they are by bombing schools or hospitals. Wikileaks revealed how they tried everything to slow down the peace process in order to build even more illegal colonies. I don't feel glad they have such kind of tools, from my point of view this government is not better than the Iran's one, just less pointed out by the media.
 

jabliese

Distinguished
Apr 25, 2006
108
0
18,630
0
To most, if not all, utilities, running the plant/dam/whatever by computer is a convenience, not a necessity. If need be, they can turn off the computer and still deliver their respective product using manual controls.
 
G

Guest

Guest
This only affects computers running windows. Are large industrial utilities really running their operations on Windows? Never mind a virus, what about a BSOD? Would that totally destroy everything?

I think just dumb countries like Iran use Windows for stuff like that. Real companies use unix, linux, or a bsd variant. And those seem secure. I wouldn't run a website on windows, much less a multi-million dollar critical operation.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Thread starter Similar threads Forum Replies Date
I Streaming Video & TVs 0
I Streaming Video & TVs 0
G Streaming Video & TVs 12
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 3
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 7
G Streaming Video & TVs 70
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 9
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 21
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 37
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 26
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 24
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 20
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 29
Marcus Yam Streaming Video & TVs 42
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 27
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 28
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 30
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 35
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 4
exfileme Streaming Video & TVs 84

ASK THE COMMUNITY