- WND - http://www.wnd.com -

Hacker hits on U.S. power, nuclear targets spiked in '12

Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 01/09/2013 @ 11:42 pm In U.S.,World | No Comments

(CNN/Money) America’s power, water, and nuclear systems are increasingly being targeted by cybercriminals seeking to gain access to some of the nation’s most critical infrastructure.

The number of attacks reported to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security cybersecurity response team grew by 52% in 2012, according to a recent report from the team. There were 198 attacks brought to the agency’s attention last year, several of which resulted in successful break-ins.

If you take it for granted the lights will go on when you flip the switch, think again. Read “A Nation Forsaken” to see what keeps scientists and experts awake at night.

An earlier report from DHS sketched in details on some of those successes. An unidentified group of hackers targeting natural gas pipeline companies gained access to the corporate systems of several of their targets and “exfiltrated” — that’s security-speak for “stole” — data on how their control systems work.


Article printed from WND: http://www.wnd.com

URL to article: http://www.wnd.com/2013/01/hacker-hits-on-u-s-power-nuclear-targets-spiked-in-12/

© Copyright 1997-2013. All Rights Reserved. WND.com.